Here are the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Today, Apple has unveiled a new set of phones, including the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. These new devices are powered by a new chip, sport new cameras and are available in a variety of finishes and sizes.

So without any further ado, let’s get into some of the details.

iPhone 11

Design

The iPhone 11 sports an anodized aluminum and glass design, which Apple claims is the toughest ever smartphone glass. Surprisingly, it comes in a handful of colors: white, green, yellow, purple, black and red. This next-gen iPhone also has a 6.1-inch liquid Retina display, with the expected tap-to-wake functionality and haptic feedback.

Camera

Apple clearly put a lot of energy into the iPhone 11 camera, which has a dual-camera set up: one 12mp wide lens, 26mm f/1.8 and an ultra-wide 12mp f/2.4 sensor. The wide-angle dual-camera set up actually lets users snap a pic and zoom out to see what’s beyond the frame, which should be helpful for those expansive landscape shots.

On the software side, Apple has introduced a new image pipeline that does over a trillion operations for every photo. The company has added “semantic rendering,” which adjusts the lighting on photos retroactively based on the subjects. This helps isolate and enhance facial features so tone mapping can be applied more accurately in portraits. Plus, portrait mode effects can now be applied to subjects other than humans, like pets.

In addition, iPhone 11 features a new Night Mode to compete with the likes of Samsung and Google, which uses image fusion and adaptive bracketing — shorter and longer exposures — melded together to reduce motion and blur to make for better low-light images.

Video

On the video end, iPhone 11 shoots 4K video at 60fps, complete with slo-mo, time-lapse, cinematic video stabilization and extended dynamic range up to 4K across both cameras. The UI for video has some slight changes, including a new Instagram-style tap-and-hold to record video.

On the front-facing camera, Apple decided to go big with a wider-angle sensor and the ability to capture 4K video at 30/60fps and the ability to shoot slo-mo.

Specs

As is usual with a new generation of iPhone, the iPhone 11 is powered by a brand new processor, the A13 Bionic chip. Apple says it’s the fastest GPU and CPU ever in a smartphone. Where battery life is concerned, Apple declined to share the actual mAh but did say that it has one hour longer battery life than the iPhone XR.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone 11 will start at RM3,399 and will be available in Malaysia on Friday, September 27. More information is available on the Apple Malaysia website.

iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

Design

The 11 Pro and Pro Max sport a three-camera system and a design featuring surgical-grade stainless steel with a single sheet of matte glass on the back. It comes in midnight green, space gray, silver/white and gold.

Display

The Pro comes with a 5.8-inch display, while the Pro Max comes with a 6.5-inch display. And speaking of displays, the Pro and Pro Max have a Super Retina display with a new OLED panel with 2M:1 contrast, 1200 nits and True Tone technology. They’re calling it the Super Retina XDR display.

Specs

Alongside the iPhone 11, the Pro and Pro Max will run on the A13 Bionic chip.

Battery life on the iPhone 11 Pro lasts four hours longer than the iPhone XS, while the 11 Pro Max offers five hours more than the iPhone XS Max. Both phones will get 18W fast-charging capabilities.

Camera

The real show-stopper on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max is the camera system.

The iPhone Pro has three, 12-megapixel cameras, covering the standard wide-angle view at 26mm equivalent, a 52mm telephoto lens and a new ultra-wide 13mm lens that gives you a broader view with a 120-degree field of vision.

The camera system also has a new feature called Deep Fusion. Here’s how it works:

Deep Fusion shoots nine images, pre-shooting four long- and four short-exposure images into a buffer. Then when you press the shutter button it takes a longer exposure. The neural engine and image signal processor then combine these on a pixel-by pixel-basis into your image, harnessing the power of the A13 Bionic chip.

Apple says the cameras are paired right at the factory for calibration, color, etc. Other cameras are primed while you shoot video on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max so you can swap between lenses without fluctuations in exposure, focus or color temperature.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone 11 Pro will start at RM4,899 and will be available in Malaysia on Friday, September 27. More information is available on the Apple Malaysia website.

Source: TechCrunch

Five reasons to buy Huawei’s nova 5T

The brand new Huawei nova 5T comes in three striking colours, including midsummer purple or crush blue (pictured), or black.

The nova 5T was just unveiled during the recent Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) 2019 in an exclusive first-in-the-world preview of the new smartphone to resounding success.

Condensing cutting-edge cameras and flagship performance in a sleek, eye-catching form, it is bound to satisfy the cravings of tech enthusiasts and fashionistas alike.

Capture life in motion

Bringing a camera out is a troublesome task, but the dilemma for photography lovers is that normal smartphones are just not built to properly capture the scenic beauty of night shots or magnificent buildings.

With the nova 5T, take the perfect photo every time, be it selfies, portraits, ultra-wide angle shots, night scenery or food photography.

The nova 5T is the best companion for your daily life, capturing every memorable moment on the go with the 48MP main camera.

Pushing the envelope for smartphone photography, Huawei has outdone itself yet again by integrating not one – but five! – artificial intelligence (AI) cameras to the versatile nova 5T to meet your every need.

Huawei’s nova 5T’s five AI cameras redefine the versatility of mobile phone photography.

The smartphone boasts an arsenal of visual technology, featuring a 16MP super wide angle camera, 117° front-of-view at f/2.2 aperture; a 48MP main camera using a Sony 1/2-inch sensor, four-in-one light fusion at f/1.8 aperture; a 2MP depth-assist camera at f/2.4 aperture; and a 2MP macro camera at f/2.4 aperture.

Mobile devices usually struggle to cover versatile scenarios due to the lack of interchangeable lenses, but suffer no more with the new nova 5T.

The super wide angle 16MP camera will capture your reality.

The 48MP main camera is excellent for superb night photography, while the 16MP super wide angle camera is your best friend for taking photos of your whole surroundings within the frame – just the way you see them in.

Even the small details are in razor sharp focus with Huawei’s 2MP macro camera technology.

Photography fans or amateur photographers will rejoice at the inclusion of the 2MP macro camera, which zooms in closer than ever before on subjects for detail-intense shots in vivid colour. Furthermore, the 2MP depth camera is available to dramatise every shot you take with impressive bokeh effects, a necessity for today’s social media savvy smartphone users.

The 2MP depth camera will redefine your photography world.

One of the most fantastic cameras in the nova 5T is the 32MP selfie camera at f/2.0 aperture and 3D portrait lighting. The four-in-one pixel fusion brings you brighter and clearer selfies optimised by AI. Alongside high definition resolutions, AI scene recognition and optimisation, it is also hard wired with built-in algorithms meant to balance exposure against backlight and enhance beautification.

The nova 5T has an AI algorithm to balance exposure against backlight for stunning portrait photos.

You can take one step closer on your journey to become a trendsetting influencer with the purpose-built selfie camera with backlight and AI beauty functions, which will brighten and beautify your face for that perfect social media selfie.
With the auto-edit AI camera, there’s no longer a need to edit the photos you take to capture all the precious moments in your life. Instead, instantly share them on social media.

Worry no more when taking photos at night, with the Huawei AIS Handheld Super Night Mode.

Tired of taking blurry, low-light photos at night? Achieve crystal clear and crisp photos even in low-light conditions with the nova 5T. Huawei’s new smartphone has got you covered with its AI Image Stabilisation (AIS) Handheld Super Night Mode, so you will never have to be afraid of the darkness – or of taking another dark grainy photo – ever again.

This AI is fitted to stabilise the overall image and helps offset minute shakes when you hold the nova 5T, as well as the laser focus feature and a combination of up to 16 different exposure shots into one to produce a more stable image. Another cool feature is you can create time-lapse sequences in astonishing detail, by going super slow motion with 960fps in 720p.

Other camera features include 3D Qmoji Expressions and Super AI HDR+ that will help refine image details for high quality renderings, to get a professional shot with your nova 5T, every time.

Despite its compact size, it packs a punch with its 6.26in display, featuring a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio and 2,340 x 1,080 resolution. With all these impressive features, the nova 5T still has more to deliver to users with its 22.5W SuperCharge technology powered by a 3750mAH battery, meaning that you can charge your battery up to 50% in just half an hour!

Accessorise with style

It came as no surprise to find the stylish device making its global debut at this year’s KLFW 2019.

For the fashion-conscious, the nova 5T will be a delight to the senses as it comes in three gorgeous gradient colours with a metallic sheen and textured surface, so take your pick between midsummer purple, crush blue or black.

Beyond the design, however, there is also a story behind the nova’s brand new logo design. The four letters that make up nova combine to form a unique monogram. The left half of the logo represents a sitting boy with his hand outstretched in a hugging gesture to convey enthusiasm and vitality, while the right half symbolises a girl sitting with poise to reflect calm confidence and determination.

Encapsulating the nova brand in its entirety, the new logo showcases a dynamic chic icon imbued with top-class innovation, to highlight its youthful, trendy and innovative flavour.

Present the best version of yourself in your OOTD shots with Huawei’s high powered portrait shots with automatic bokeh effects.

Taking amazing OOTD shots is a given with the new smartphone, but Huawei is taking it a step further by making the nova 5T the next fashion accessory.

Designed for visual appeal, fashionistas can make a unique fashion statement by incorporating your own style with the convenience of the side fingerprint sensor lock of nova 5T, as the minimalist logo design and the subtle, ultra small 4.5mm camera cutout is bound to suit any outfit.

Enjoy flagship performance

Who says that flagship performance must be costly? The nova 5T features Kirin 980, Huawei’s latest flagship AI chipset with dual neural processing, also the world’s first 7nm Mobile AI chipset.

Promising an incredible 75% increase in CPU performance, the Kirin 980 boosts camera processing and graphics processing unit by 46%, as well as overall AI performance by 120%.

The dual NPU with two AI chipsets provide users with real AI experience and delivers high performance from its specialisation in accelerating machine learning algorithms – a first on the nova series.

The nova 5T’s chipset with the enhanced EMUI 9.1 brings up the user experience by enabling more than 55% operational improvement in speed and smoothness for on-screen functions and apps access, such as on-the-go entertainment of incoming caller videos and the one tap to share function.

Gamers, take note of the GPU Turbo 3.0 that optimises your gaming experiences with high quality in-game visuals with smoother gameplay – eliminating the lag or dropped frames feared by all gamers – and helps reduce battery consumption at the same time.

As a result, gamers can enjoy an impressive 60 frames-per-second typically boasted by 4K TVs, with Huawei also delivering a pure immersive experience with its virtual 9.1 surround sound. Opt to connect via a Super Bluetooth connection that can be detected over 200m away, with either you earphones or headphones

There’s also the handy dandy “no disturb” mode for those seeking full immersion into the virtual world.

Level up your mobile game

What’s even better is that Huawei is currently offering a Level-Up Programme in conjunction with nova 5T’s sale launch.

Available starting Sept 7 at its stores nationwide, the programme is specially meant for nova users to trade in their nova series smartphones and upgrade to Huawei’s newest kid on the block, the nova 5T.

You can stand to level up your nova series with discounts of up to RM905, but certain terms and conditions apply. Find out more on the Level-Up Programme here.

Furthermore, enjoy a one-year extended warranty for your nova 5T if you purchase the smartphone anytime before Sept 30, so don’t miss your chance to get the two-year warranty!

Source: The Star Online

JuiceAPac partnering with KKIFF to provide online movie tickets purchase

JuiceAPac has partnered with Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KKIFF) to provide moviegoers flexibility to buy tickets online and pre-book their seats.

 
Come and see 27 movies from 16 countries – with award-winning dramas, comedies, family conflicts, documentaries, animations from Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Philippines, stories set in Sabah and West Malaysia – and a South-East Asian Premiere.

Where: MBO Imago Mall
When: 7-14 September 2019
Times: 7.00pm and 9.15pm – with 7.00pm only on Opening Night (7 September) and Closing Night (14 September)

For more information please visit kkiff.com/ticket/.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp return after 2.5-hour outage

In this March 13, 2019, file photo Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone in New York. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

People around the world reported being unable to access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for more than two hours Sunday morning.

According to traffic-monitoring website DownDetector, the outage was first noticed at 6:28 a.m. EDT. Users started heading to other social media platforms to report issues accessing the services moments later as reports of outages filtered in from parts of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The services appeared to start returning for some users around 9 a.m. EDT.

Source: CTV News

iPhone XR is Apple’s best-selling model

In addition to including many of the features from its higher-priced models, Apple also made the iPhone XR available in the broadest colour palette for iPhones since the iPhone 5C released in 2013. — Reuters

Apple Inc’s iPhone XR has been the company’s best-selling iPhone model every day since it went on sale in mid-October, a company executive told Reuters on Nov 28.

The iPhone XR, which costs US$749 (from RM3,599 in Malaysia), was announced alongside two other models, the iPhone XS and XS Max, which start at US$999 (from RM4,999 in Malaysia). The XR brings many key features of those phones to a lower price point, and analysts widely viewed it as Apple’s effort to bring facial recognition unlocking and its newest processing chip to a wider set of buyers.

But a string of negative forecasts from smartphone suppliers in recent weeks has sparked concerns that the model might not be performing as Apple had hoped.

Those reports, alongside investor anxiety over Apple’s Nov 1 disclosure it will no longer provide investors with iPhone unit sales data, have contributed to a more than 20% drop from Apple’s peak share price in October.

While Apple is still not giving absolute unit sales figures, the company does occasionally disclose to investors which models are selling the best out of its lineup, which currently includes older models such as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, told Reuters that the iPhone XR is currently Apple’s “most mainstream product and our most popular iPhone”.

“Since the iPhone XR became available, it’s been the best-selling iPhone each and every day that it’s been on sale,” Joswiak told Reuters.

In addition to including many of the features from its higher-priced models, Apple also made the iPhone XR available in the broadest colour palette for iPhones since the iPhone 5C released in 2013.

Apple is planning to promote the red version of the iPhone XR as part of Product Red, the charity effort that gives a portion of sales of red-coloured products to the Global Fund for programmes to address HIV and AIDS.

Apple offered the red iPhone XR at launch while in the past the company has offered a mid-spring upgrade of a red iPhone model to support the charity.

Joswiak said the company has raised US$200mil (RM837.54mil) for the Global Fund so far. Apple plans to promote the red products during and after World AIDS Day on Dec 1. – Reuters

Source: The Star Online

Bullet Message has reached 5 million users barely two weeks

Bullet Message has reached 5 million users barely two weeks after its Aug 20 debut. — Bloomberg

This upstart wants a slice of WeChat’s billion users

Call it David versus Goliath – with emojis.

China’s dominant social network, WeChat, faces an upstart competitor that’s not only found a growing numbers of users, but also funding from investors and support from techies.“

Bullet Message has reached 5 million users barely two weeks after its Aug 20 debut. While that’s a rounding error compared to Tencent Holding Ltd’s WeChat, which passed 1 billion users in March, interest in QuickAs Ltd’s month-old app was enough to rank Bullet above WeChat in Apple Store downloads as of Sept 4.

“A lot of my friends and I feel we’ve been kidnapped by WeChat for too long,” said Hu Yutong, a Tsinghua University student in Beijing who downloaded Bullet on the first day. “We are intrigued by this new service, despite there being flaws.”

WeChat has come to rule China’s smartphone world by becoming a one-stop platform with everything from group-video chatting to electronic payments and food delivery to a ride-hailing service. At the outset, Bullet is focusing on a few things it does well, including a voice-to-text option that its operator claims delivers real-time transcriptions in Mandarin with an accuracy rate of 97%.

QuickAs’s initial funding includes 150mil yuan (RM90.89mil) from Gaorong Capital, Chengwei Capital and smartphone maker Smartisan Technology Co. That’s a far cry from Shenzhen-based Tencent, which has a market capitalisation of US$394bil (RM1.63tril), and has long battled Alibaba Group Holding Ltd for the crown as China’s most-valuable company.

“Bullet Message isn’t posing any real threat to WeChat at this stage,” said Shawn Yang, executive director of Blue Lotus Capital Advisors, a financial consulting company. Still, there are some similarities between Bullet and WeChat in its early days, with the upstart focusing on services that spotlight improved technology, such as voice optimisation“ for transcription and translation.

Tencent has alienated some users by pushing too hard to monetize existing services that have gotten outdated, Yang said. WeChat Moments,“ where users post photos and comments about meals, styles and daily activities, have become less intriguing,“ he said.

That somewhat echoes what’s occurred in the US around Facebook Inc and upstart Snapchat Inc, with the former considered stale among some younger users.

Snapchat has about 200 million users worldwide and Facebook’s WhatsApp message service about 1.5 billion. But both are among the many platforms blocked by China’s Great Firewall – which means less competition for Bullet as well as WeChat.

QuickAs didn’t respond to emailed questions sent by Bloomberg. But co-founder Hao Xijie told Jiemian.com that he doesn’t consider Bullet a direct competitor to WeChat.

Perhaps – but Tencent has taken note. Bullet’s original newsfeed relied on the larger company’s service. But that link was soon taken down.

Bullet’s voice-to-transcription offering – developed by speech-recognition specialist Iflytek Co – is among the most-attractive features. It enables users with regional accents to instantly and fluently communicate in Mandarin without the button-pushing needed on WeChat. Although Mandarin is China’s official language, many of its 1.4 billion people speak regional dialects.

Not all Bullet functions are unique or cutting edge.

The platform has been criticised for the amount of available pornography. Others have expressed concerns over privacy terms and the security of user information, as Bullet allows anonymous participation on group chats.

“1st impression is that it’s full of porn and other stuff that’s blocked/too sensitive for WeChat,” Matthew Brennan at China Channel, a Shenzhen-based marketing agency, wrote in a Twitter message.

“Many social networking apps face similar issues, like Snapchat,” said Blue Lotus’ Yang, “Bullet Message may not be the best alternative, but there might be something similar coming out in the near future, which is what WeChat should be worried about.” – Bloomberg

Source: The Star Online