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With its new generation of robots, LG has been showing that such technology can fill in for humans in public places where Covid-19 tends to circulate more. For instance, robots can distribute prescription drugs in hospitals or dishes in restaurants and hotels. Such services are currently being tested in South Korea.

These sophisticated robots are able to interact with humans without exposing them to a greater risk of virus transmission. The LG CLOi ServeBot range can carry and deliver food and goods in an autonomous, hygienic fashion.

Such robots are currently being used in the national university hospital in Seoul, one of the biggest in the country. Their mission is to pick up and deliver material to patients, whether that be blood samples, prescriptions or medication.

In restaurants, these types of robots can serve an entire table thanks to their four drawers. Each robot can carry up to 20 kg. Their other mission is to take used plates and cutlery back to the kitchen. Use of these robots greatly reduces interactions between waiters and clients.

In hotels, these robots can also deliver what clients have ordered online or by phone directly to their rooms, without risking virus transmission. Seoul’s Konjiam Resort already uses these automated servers.

As Covid-19 continues to paralyze many sectors, notably in the tourism industry, these robotic solutions may very well become more common worldwide. 

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Huawei Pay now available in Malaysia

November 18, 2020 | Tech | No Comments

Huawei Malaysia has announced the arrival of Huawei Pay which enables NFC contactless payments on a compatible smartphone. At the moment, Huawei Pay in Malaysia only supports UnionPay credit cards issued by ICBC.

The mobile payment feature can be enabled via the Huawei Wallet app which is supported on several flagship models including the Huawei P10 and Mate 9. The mobile payment uses NFC and it is authenticated with your fingerprint.

For improved security, Huawei Pay uses a device-specific token instead of a bank number to handle payments. The token is stored in the security chipset of the phone which is completely isolated to avoid malicious activities. Huawei says your bank card details are not stored on your device or on Huawei Pay servers, and it won’t be shared with merchants. 

Here’s the list of supported Huawei devices:

  • HUAWEI Mate Xs
  • HUAWEI Mate X
  • HUAWEI Mate40 Pro
  • HUAWEI Mate30
  • HUAWEI Mate30 Pro
  • PORSCHE DESIGN Mate30 RS
  • HUAWEI Mate20
  • HUAWEI Mate20 Pro
  • HUAWEI Mate20 X
  • HUAWEI Mate20 X (5G)
  • PORSCHE DESIGN Mate20 RS
  • HUAWEI Mate10
  • HUAWEI Mate10 Pro
  • PORSCHE DESIGN Mate10
  • HUAWEI Mate9
  • HUAWEI Mate9 Pro
  • PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 9
  • HUAWEI P40
  • HUAWEI P40 Pro
  • HUAWEI P40 Pro+
  • HUAWEI P30
  • HUAWEI P30 Pro
  • HUAWEI P20
  • HUAWEI P20 Pro
  • HUAWEI P10
  • HUAWEI P10 Plus
  • HUAWEI Nova 7 5G

Unlike Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, Huawei’s contactless payment system is limited to payment terminals that support UnionPay QuickPass. This means you can’t use it on card terminals that accepts Mastercard or Visa.

According to Huawei, you can use it at over 20 million terminals worldwide across 51 countries around the world. Apart from China and Malaysia, Huawei Pay is also launched in Singapore, Thailand, Russia and Pakistan.

In Malaysia, you can use Huawei Pay at the following merchants:

Fashion

  • Superdry
  • La Senza
  • G2000
  • Timberland
  • Vans
  • Levi’s
  • Cotton On
  • Lacoste
  • Marc Jacobs
  • FashionValet
  • Giordano
  • Armani
  • Emporio Armani
  • DKNY
  • Calvin Klein

Food & Beverage

  • McDonald’s
  • KFC
  • Purple Cane Tea
  • Acme Bar & Coffee
  • Enoshima Japanese Restaurant
  • Yuzu Japanese Restaurant
  • Ozeki Bistro
  • Ya Shi No Mi Café
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Din Tai Fung

Beauty & Cosmetics

  • YSL Beauté Boutique
  • Lancôme
  • THEFACESHOP
  • Christian Dior
  • Nu Skin
  • Skin Town
  • Sephora 

Sports & Others

  • Royal Sporting House
  • Sports Direct
  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • Reebok
  • Puma
  • Toys”R”Us

Groceries

  • Parkson
  • Isetan
  • NSK
  • Family Mart
  • Village Grocer
  • KK Mart
  • 99 Speedmart

As an introductory promotion, ICBC UnionPay credit card holders can get up to 50 per cent cashback for every transaction made on Huawei Pay with a minimum spend of RM20. The top spenders will also stand a chance to win prizes including a Huawei P40, Huawei FreeBuds 3 and the Huawei Watch GT 2e.

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What if you had a video game that featured an image of you? Video game publisher Epic Games is increasingly focusing on capturing facial expressions. The company behind the success of Fortnite has just bought a company specializing in facial motion capture that could be used to customize characters in video games.

Will playing with an ultra-personalized character that looks and moves like you be the future of the Fortnite video game? That’s what the new acquisition by publisher Epic Games may suggest. The publisher of the successful video game has just acquired the company Hyprsense, which has developed a technology that allows you to transpose your own facial expressions to an avatar simply by using your webcam.

At this time, Epic has not announced plans to use this innovative technology for its popular game. According to Kim Libreri, Epic’s Chief Technology Officer, the new technology may initially be of interest to creators. “Bringing on the Hyprsense team enables us to continue pushing digital character innovation even further and approach the goal of giving all creators full control over expressing their vision down to the smallest nuance,” he outlined in a press release on the site of Hyprsense.

Motion capture seems to be a strategic issue for Epic Games as in June the video game publisher launched a new application on the App Store allowing facial expressions to be recorded through the iPhone’s TrueDepth front camera. Thanks to the Live Link Face application, developers using the Unreal Engine could then more easily transpose this data directly to a character in a video game.

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A robot wolf is scaring away bears in Japan

November 17, 2020 | Tech | No Comments

Japanese scientists have created “Monster Wolf,” a robotic scarecrow to deter wild bears around the town of Takikawa, on the island of Hokkaido. National television broadcaster NHK has published a video showing a giant howling robot wolf with red blinking eyes that seems to succeed at scaring humans and animals alike.

Wild bear attacks have increased in Japan, mostly in rural areas in the west and north of the country. And so understandably local populations are eager to solve this dangerous problem. Some initiatives may seem preposterous on paper, but why not give them a try if they can protect farmers and local inhabitants? Monster Wolf is one of these. Equipped with motion detectors, this automated big bad wolf starts moving and growling when someone or something approaches. The robot maker claims that it can produce up to 60 different sounds, comprising firearm and human noises in addition to the wolf sounds. Its red blinking eyes have also proven to deter wild bears in the dark.

It is worth noting that local Hokkaido populations have to resort to robot wolves because the fearsome mammal has disappeared from the archipelago for over a century.

If these test operations work out in Takikawa, other robot wolves will start growling in neighboring towns. Dozens are ready to be delivered, according to Japanese national TV. The initiative has had a successful start as no attacks have been reported since the first machines were set up in the region.

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A total of 2.2 million ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook’s vice president Nick Clegg said in an interview published today.

In addition, warnings were posted on 150 million examples of false information posted online, the former British deputy prime minister told the French weekly Journal du Dimanche.

Facebook has been increasing its efforts to avoid a repeat of events leading up to the 2016 US presidential election, won by Donald Trump, when its network was used for attempts at voter manipulation, carried out from Russia.

There were similar problems ahead of Britain’s 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union.

“Thirty-five thousand employees take care of the security of our platforms and contribute for elections,” said Clegg, who is vice president of global affairs and communications at Facebook.

“We have established partnerships with 70 specialised media, including five in France, on the verification of information.” he added.

AFP is one of those partners.

Clegg added that the company also uses artificial intelligence which has “made it possible to delete billions of posts and fake accounts, even before they are reported by users.”

Facebook also stores all advertisements and information on their funding and provenance for seven years “to insure transparency,” he said.

In 2016, while he was still deputy prime minister, Clegg complained to the Journal du Dimanche that Facebook had not identified or suppressed a single foreign network interfering in the US election.

On Wednesday President Trump rebuked Facebook and Twitter for blocking links to a New York Post article purporting to expose corrupt dealings by election rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.

A day earlier Facebook announced a ban on ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated, in light of the coronavirus pandemic which the social media giant said has “highlighted the importance of preventive health behaviors.”

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If you’ve been waiting for the latest Apple Watch models, your wait is almost over. Malaysians can pre-order the recently announced Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE starting this Thursday, October 15, 2020.

The Series 6 and SE are already listed on LazMall’s Apple store with pre-order staring from 9am on the 15th of October. Both GPS and GPS + Cellular models are listed and you can get it in either 40mm and 44mm sizes.

Apart from Lazada, retailer Machines and Switch have also confirmed that pre-order for both Apple Watches will begin on 15th October at 9am on their respective websites.

To recap, below are the official retail prices for the Series 6 and SE in Malaysia:

Apple Watch SE — Aluminium + Sport Loop / Solo Loop
40mm GPS — RM1,199
40mm GPS + Cellular — RM1,449
44mm GPS — RM1,349
44mm GPS + Cellular — RM1,599

Apple Watch Series 6 — Aluminium + Sport Loop
40mm GPS — RM1,749
40mm GPS + Cellular — RM2,199
44mm GPS — RM1,899
44mm GPS + Cellular — RM2,349

Apple Watch Series 6 — Stainless Steel + Sport Loop
40mm GPS + Cellular — RM2,999
44mm GPS + Cellular — RM3,249

So far there’s no availability dates yet and we still don’t know how long you’ll need to wait for the stock arrives. The new models are also listed on Apple’s official website but without any availability info.

The Watch Series 6 is their latest top of the line smartwatch that comes with an always-on Retina display and a more powerful Apple dual-core S6 chip. It features a new heart rate sensor which now measures blood oxygen levels. For the first time, the Series 6 will be available in (Product)Red.

Meanwhile, the Watch SE is currently a mid-range offering which is essentially a watered-down Series 5. While it has a better display than the current entry-level Series 3, it lacks an always-on display function and it doesn’t offer ECG and blood oxygen level tracking. However, it does come with an always-on altimetre which is also offered on the Series 6. You can learn more in our Apple Watch SE announcement post.

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GEORGE TOWN, Oct 11 — The Sin Ngah Seng Hokkien Troupe has been staging Hokkien opera and potehi puppet performances for more than 40 years until this year when Covid-19 stopped everything.

Troupe leader Ng Kee Gee said they suddenly found themselves with barely any bookings.

It was just the loss of income they had to contend with but the losing touch with their skills as months went by without donning the costumes, putting on the thick makeup for opera or in Ng’s case, playing the musical instruments as part of the main orchestra behind the stage.

They were isolated in their homes and since they were not familiar with social and digital media, they had no way of reaching out to audiences.

Ng and his troupe were not alone.

There were wood carvers, rattan weavers, flower garland makers, stonemasons and countless other traders, artisans and craftsmen who faced the same fate.

According to George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) general manager Ang Ming Chee, there were many local traders, artisans and craftsmen in George Town who were losing touch with their art while at the same time, losing revenue due to fewer visitors coming into the city.

“They have stories to tell about their trade, art and cultural practices but they don’t know how to tell their stories and put it on a digital platform to reach a wider audience,” she said.

This is where GTWHI’s “George Town in the New Normal” project comes in.

The project, launched in July, was aimed at helping cultural heritage professionals in George Town transition to the new normal.

The project is divided into three components: digital marketing support for local businesses that are more than 10 years old, one-off financial reimbursements for repair of heritage premises and heritage videos of cultural heritage practitioners to showcase their skills, knowledge and craft process.

Under this project, these cultural heritage practitioners are encouraged to showcase their skills or craft process in a video.

“We want them to think of the content they want to shoot and we want them to be involved in the shooting of the video and to do it themselves,” Ang said.

She said this helps artisans and craftsmen reconnect with their trade and art while at the same time, make them think outside of the traditional way of doing business.

“For example, Ng and his troupe are used to performing ‘live’ to an audience so this project forces them to do it before a camera and also forces them to think of the content of what they want to showcase to people,” she said.

Since the launch of the project, GTWHI has received 299 applications for all three components, out of which 96 were for the heritage video component.

GTWHI has approved 75 applications for the videos and has received 32 videos while the remaining are still under process.

“We have another 267 openings for applications for the heritage videos and we do hope more cultural heritage practitioners will apply for this,” she said.

She said the criteria to apply is simple as the applicants need to be cultural heritage practitioners based in Penang who depend on their skills, knowledge and services as the main source of income and their proposed video submissions must be between five to 20 minutes.

She said GTWHI will process the videos received by putting in subtitles and translations before putting these up under its website to promote them.

She said so far, those who had successfully submitted their videos, were inspired to shoot other videos and put it up on their own social media accounts.

“This is what we want them to do, we want them to think outside of the box and to showcase their skills on the digital platform so that they can reach a global audience,” she said.

Ng submitted a video of himself playing his musical instruments after introducing himself as a troupe master and rattan weaver, Sim Chew Poh, submitted a video complete with subtitles that his son did for him.

Sim, a fourth generation rattan and bamboo furniture maker, has been weaving rattan and bamboo into baskets, furniture and decorative items for decades.

In his video, he demonstrated his rattan weaving skills to his grandson and even let his grandson take over the weaving.

Another applicant who submitted a video is flower garland maker, P. Gunathan, who showcased the flowers at his stall and demonstrated the process of making a flower garland.

“Other than these videos, we will be assisting all local businesses that are over 10 years old to set up digital marketing, we will help to promote their businesses on our website,” Ang said.

Successful applicants for the heritage repair and video components will receive one-off RM1,500 cash reimbursement each.

The first phase of the project ended on August 31 but phase two of the project will be open for applicants from October 15 onwards.

Those interested can call 04-2616606.

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The Honor MagicBook Pro is here! Honor has announced pricing and availability details for their flagship laptop in Malaysia, and as it turns out, we’re getting the range-topping configuration.

Building upon the value-for-money MagicBook 14, the MagicBook Pro is the company’s first laptop to be powered by an AMD Ryzen 4000 series chip — the Ryen 5 4600H. 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB of PCIe NVME SSD storage is available in a single variant for Malaysian consumers, with official pricing as follows:

If you purchase the MagicBook Pro, limited stocks of freebies are also available: Honor Magic Earbuds, a Bluetooth mouse, and a backpack.

What you need to know

So, what are you getting for that? Honor promises that you get a larger display that maintains a similar footprint as a “typical” 15.6″ laptop. This is done by keeping the bezels relatively slim — just 4.9mm for the top and side bezels.

A 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio makes gives this a near all-screen appearance, which I can testify to based on my quick hands-on with the laptop. Honor also talks a lot about the colour accuracy of the MagicBook Pro’s 16.1″ FHD (16:9) display, with its screen capable of displaying 100 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut.

Dual speakers (that flank the keyboard) also add to the laptop’s capabilities as a media consumption device, with Honor promising “virtual 3D sound”. You get quite a number of ports, including legacy USB-A ports: 1x HDMI 2.0, 3x USB-A, 1x USB-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Charging the MagicBook Pro’s 56Wh battery is done via USB-C, and the included 65W charger. For offline 1080p playback and office use, the laptop is rated for 11 hours on a single charge, and for web browsing, nine hours.

At 1.7kg, this is also a relatively light 16″ laptop, and the laptop feels small — thanks to the small footprint. There are a few quirks you need to take note of, however. Honor is going with a pop-up camera in the function key row, so get used to some awkward video call angles, and this also means that Windows Hello isn’t supported.

Meanwhile, there’s also a “Honor Magic-link” sticker next to the trackpad alongside the Ryzen 5 sticker. As a PSA, do not remove this sticker. This is required to use the laptop’s NFC capabilities with compatible Honor/Huawei smartphones.

So, what do you think? If you’re keen, the Honor MagicBook Pro is now available in Malaysia on Shopee, Lazada, or authorised retailers, as well as Honor’s online store.

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RANGKAIAN pasar raya popular di Amerika Syarikat (AS), Walmart melancarkan program perkhidmatan dron yang ditugaskan untuk menghantar kit ujian Covid-19 ke rumah dalam radius 1 kilometer dari premis mereka di utara Las Vegas.

Program berkenaan merupakan sebahagian daripada eksperimen dan usaha Walmart menggunakan dron untuk digantikan dengan tenaga manusia.

Pelanggan akan menerima teks daripada DroneUp ketika ujian Quest Diagnostics (DGX) sedang dalam perjalanan.

Bergantung kepada lokasi, kit akan diturunkan di jalan masuk atau halaman belakang rumah.

Sementara itu, penghantaran yang memakan masa hanya lima minit, dikira percuma.

Sampel kemudian boleh dihantar melalui FedEx ke makmal Quest dan keputusan pula dikeluarkan secara digital dalam tempoh dua hari.

Program perintis ini memberikan gambaran bagaimana dron dapat digunakan pada masa depan untuk membuat penghantaran yang lebih cepat, tanpa memerlukan kontak.

“Kami berharap penghantaran kit melalui dron akan membantu mereka kemampuan ujian tanpa sentuh pada skala yang lebih besar dan meningkatkan cara inovatif Walmart merancang dalam menggunakan penghantaran dron pada masa akan datang,” kata Naib Presiden Kanan produk pengguna Walmart, Tom Ward, dalam satu catatan catatan blog.

Minggu lalu, Quest dan Walmart mengumumkan bahawa ujian Covid-19 kini dapat dijalankan di lebih 500 lokasi farmasi pandu lalu Walmart di AS.

Terbaik! Canggih teknologi sekarang. Harap program penghantar dron ini berjaya dan mampu diguna pakai oleh negara-negara lain pada masa akan datang.

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SEMALAM, Xiaomi melancarkan tiga model terbaharu, siri Mi 10T yang dikatakan terbaik dalam kelasnya tersendiri.

Ia bukan sahaja sesuai untuk kegunaan harian, malah untuk golongan profesional mahupun kaki gaming.

Varian sofistikated Mi 10T yang terdiri Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10T dan Mi 10T Lite itu masing-masing dilengkapi dengan 20MP dan 16MP paparan kamera hadapan selain tetapan kamera 108MP dan 64MP di bahagian belakang.

Didatangkan dengan ciri canggih termasuk paparan AdaptiveSync dan processor, model keluaran syarikat multinasional elektronik China itu juga tidak mengetepikan keupayaan bateri yang lebih tahan lama.

Ciri ini memang semua orang mahukan selain penghasilan rakaman foto yang ummpphh!

Dalam satu kenyataan, Xiaomi berkata, pihaknya melancarkan model trio tersebut untuk pasaran global bermula pada harga EUR 279 ( kira-kira RM1,363) hingga EUR649 (kira-kira RM3,172) yang dikatakan lebih canggih berbanding model sebelum ini.

Untuk pasaran Malaysia dijangka akan dilancarkan pada minggu depan, 6 Oktober nanti. Pastinya, ramai tidak sabar menunggu keluaran terbaharu Xiaomi yang terkenal dengan jolokan trikamera terbaik dunia itu.

Spesifikasi Mi 10T Pro:

  • Model paling premium yang dilengkapi tetapan trikamera dengan 108MP utama, 13MP sudut lebar dan 5MP makro.
  • Ia juga hadir dengan Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) dan menyokong rakaman video 8K.
  • Peranti ini ditawarkan dengan dua varian storan iaitu RAM 8GB/128GB dan 8GB/256GB.
  • Selain dilapisi kaca Corning Gorilla Glass 5, bateri pada saiz sebesar 5,000mAh mampu menyokong pengecasan pantas 33W melalui USB-C.

Spesifikasi Mi 10T:

  • Bagi model pertengahan, Mi 10T juga memiliki ciri tetapan tiga kamera dengan 64MP selain 13MP sudut lebar dan 5MP makro.
  • Sama seperti Mi 10T Pro, peranti ini lengkap dengan sokongan rakaman video 8K selain dua pilihan storan iaitu RAM 6GB/128GB dan 8GB/128GB.
  • Saiz bateri sama seperti 10T Pro, cip pemproses Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 dipadankan dengan pembesar suara adalah jenis stereo dengan pengiktirafan Hi-Fi.

Spesifikasi Mi 10T Lite

  • Model paling mampu milik yang didatangkan dengan desain hampir sama Mi 10 Lite tetapi dengan ukuran dimensi lebih besar iaitu 165.38mm x 76.8mm x 9.0mm pada berat 214.5 gram.
  • Dilengkapi cip pemproses Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 750G dan model ini turut dilapisi kaca Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Tidak lupa, gajet jam pintar Mi Watch juga diperkenalkan sebagai nilai tambah varian terbaharu Mi 10T. Lebih sporty dengan  paparan panel AMOLED selain ciri 117 mod latihan, enam sensor dan GPS.

Jam pintar ini lebih ringan dan tahan lama. Jangka hayat bateri sehingga 16 hari ternyata luar biasa selain 100 paparan skrin yang menarik.

Menarikkan? Jika tidak mampu untuk membeli model premium, tidak salah mencuba varian lain kerana ada harga mampu milik ditawarkan buat peminat jenama telefon pintar ini.

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