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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― The National Heart Institute (IJN) has revealed a new breakthrough method to treat heart patients with severe atherosclerosis.

The procedure, called intravascular lithotripsy (IVL), makes use of sonic waves to break down hard calcified plaque accumulated in the arteries.

IJN said in a statement that the procedure was performed by its doctors yesterday, marking it the first IVL treatment in the country.

IJN senior consultant cardiologist Datuk Dr Amin Ariff Nuruddin said the new procedure was safer than using angioplasty although it may not be useful in severe cases where the plaque has hardened and become calcified.

“When the plaque has hardened to that extent, patients may have to undergo an invasive surgical procedure to treat the condition.

“In that case doctors have to surgically remove the plaque or even perform a graft bypass to ensure good blood flow,” said Dr Amin Ariff.

He also noted that IVL offers us a minimally-invasive treatment option that lessens the risks of surgery for these patients.

Similar to angioplasty, IVL utilises a catheter with a balloon attached.

The difference is the balloon generates sonic pressure waves to break the plaque, instead of just physically pushing it away which may not be possible in the hard calcified plaque.

This will allow blood vessel lumen expansion and optimise stent deployment at the narrowed vessel area.

Dr Amin Ariff said beside the ease of use of the device, it also reduces the trauma to the tissue, as it selectively pinpoints the blockage.

“This in turn minimises the risk of the patient developing other complications following the procedure as compared to the other current debulking devices presently available.”

Atherosclerosis is a condition where cholesterol, fats, and calcium deposits form plaque in the arteries.

The accumulation of this plaque causes narrowing of arteries and limited blood flow.

When diagnosed early, atherosclerosis can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication to slow down or even reverse the build-up of plaque.

More serious blockages meanwhile, are commonly treated using angioplasty and stent placement.

This involves using a small balloon attached to a catheter, which is delivered to the site of the blockage through blood vessels.

The balloon is then inflated to expand the artery and push aside the plaque, a stent is then placed to keep the artery open for good blood flow.

-malaymail

KPDNHEP terima 794 aduan penipuan dalam talian

February 22, 2021 | News, Tech | No Comments

HULU TERENGGANU – Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP) menerima sebanyak 2,096 laporan melibatkan pelbagai isu kepenggunaan sepanjang Januari lalu.

Timbalan Menterinya, Datuk Rosol Wahid berkata, daripada jumlah itu transaksi dalam talian merekodkan aduan paling tinggi iaitu sebanyak 794 laporan melibatkan urus niaga melalui media sosial, market place dan laman web.

“Bagi urus niaga di platform media sosial seperti Facebook dan Instagram, kita terima sebanyak 308 aduan, market place 145 aduan manakala penyedia khidmat penghantaran123 aduan.

“Antara aduan itu adalah pelanggan tidak menerima barang atau perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan, menerima barang berbeza daripada apa yang diiklankan dan pembeli tuntut bayaran semula kerana tidak puas hati dengan barang dan servis diberi,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada Penyampaian Bantuan Khas Barangan Makanan Khas kepada penduduk terjejas Covid-19 di Pusat Khidmat Ahli Parlimen Hulu Terengganu, Kuala Berang pada Ahad.

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Model khas harga minimum

February 16, 2021 | Tech | No Comments

Kuala Lumpur: Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP) merancang menetapkan satu model khas gajet seperti komputer riba atau tablet yang menepati spesifikasi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Di Rumah (PdPR) pada harga minimum.

Timbalan Menterinya Datuk Rosol Wahid berkata, langkah itu bagi mengatasi isu harga dan bekalan peranti elektronik serta mengurangkan bebanan ibu bapa bagi menyediakan keperluan terbabit untuk anak mereka.

“Cadangan ini masih di peringkat perbincangan antara KPDNHEP dengan pemain industri.

“Kita dijadual mengadakan perbincangan dengan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM), Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (KPT) dan pemain industri minggu ini bagi meneliti cadangan dan memperhalusi pelaksanaannya,” katanya kepada Harian Metro, semalam.

Menurutnya, cadangan itu bertujuan memudahkan ibu bapa mendapatkan keperluan komputer riba atau tablet yang sesuai untuk anak mereka pada harga berpatutan.

Ditanya jika ada peniaga mengambil kesempatan dengan menaikkan harga peranti elektronik, Rosol berkata, kelengkapan elektronik dan telekomunikasi bukan barang kawalan dan tidak tertakluk di bawah Akta Kawalan Bekalan 1961.

“KPDNHEP tiada kuasa meletak harga kawalan atau harga siling untuk mengawal harga jualan barangan ini.

“Namun kita ambil maklum peningkatan permintaan terhadap keperluan kelengkapan elektronik dan komunikasi untuk pelajar sekolah dalam pelaksanaan PdPR,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, sebagai kementerian bertanggungjawab menjaga kepentingan pengguna dan memerangi peniaga yang cuba mengambil kesempatan dan mengaut keuntungan mudah, Bahagian Penguat Kuasa KPDNHEP melancarkan Op Catut 8.0 khusus untuk kelengkapan elektronik dan komunikasi bermula 25 Januari dan berakhir 7 Februari lalu.

“Hasilnya tujuh aduan diterima membabitkan harga mahal komputer riba dan komputer iaitu empat masih dalam siasatan, dua lagi dirujuk ke Tribunal Tuntutan Pengguna dan satu kes selesai siasatan setakat 5 Februari lalu.

“Selain itu, aduan harga mahal membabitkan dua mesin pencetak dan tiga dakwat pencetak dilaporkan,” katanya.

Menurutnya, Op Catut 8.0 bertujuan mengesan sekiranya wujud elemen pencatutan dengan menaikkan harga barangan sewenang-wenangnya menerusi pemantauan maklumat harga jualan bagi komputer, komputer riba, tablet, mesin pencetak dan telefon pintar yang mempunyai permintaan tinggi.

“Sepanjang tempoh pelaksanaan Op Catut 8.0, 343 peniaga menjual kelengkapan elektronik dan telekomunikasi seluruh negara diperiksa membabitkan 651 barangan.

“Seramai 341 peniaga diberi Notis Pengesahan Maklumat Barangan di bawah Seksyen 21 Akta Kawalan Harga dan Anti Pencatutan (AKHAP) 2011 untuk mendapatkan maklumat harga dan kos belian barangan dan mengesan sekiranya wujud elemen pencatutan,” katanya.

Rosol berkata, selain itu, Bahagian Penguat Kuasa KPDNHEP masih dalam proses menganalisis siasatan dan jika peniaga dibuktikan menaikkan harga dengan sewenang-wenangnya tanpa mematuhi perundangan ditetapkan, tindakan lanjut boleh diambil mengikut Seksyen 14 AKHAP 2011 atas kesalahan mencatut dan peniaga boleh dikenakan denda sehingga RM500,000 sekiranya suatu perbadanan dan sekiranya bukan perbadanan boleh didenda sehingga RM100,000 atau dipenjarakan selama tempoh tidak lebih tiga tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali.

Ditanya dakwaan mengatakan segelintir peniaga menyorok bekalan untuk main harga, Rosol berkata, ketika permintaan terlalu tinggi manakala bekalan terhad, ia dipercayai menyebabkan berlaku masalah kekurangan bekalan.

“Berdasarkan teori ekonomi, semakin tinggi permintaan sesuatu barangan ketika bekalannya terhad, maka harganya meningkat.

“Malah, kita tidak terima aduan kemungkinan berlaku perbuatan disyaki menyorok bekalan oleh peniaga dan enggan menjualnya,” katanya.

Menurutnya, ia mungkin tidak munasabah kerana putaran model peranti elektronik dan gajet agak cepat dengan yang paling singkat hanya sekitar tiga bulan sebelum model baharu dikeluarkan.

“Dalam ekonomi mencabar dengan pandemik Covid-19, peniaga sudah pasti mahu habiskan bekalan yang ada, jadi dakwaan peniaga sorok bekalan mungkin tidak tepat,” katanya.

Rosol Wahid.

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PADA masa kini, online shopping seolah menjadi satu kemestian dalam kehidupan norma baharu kini.

Pembelian secara dalam talian juga sememangnya menjimatkan masa. Masakan tidak, pembeli bukan sahaja tidak perlu menghidupkan enjin kenderaan, malah memang menjimatkan masa terutama kepada mereka yang sibuk bekerja.Iklan

Menerusi platform online, tiada apa yang tidak dijual. Daripada gajet, barangan elektrik, makanan, baju, tudung, permainan dan sebutlah apa sahaja, semuanya ada.

Kadang-kadang dijual lagi murah berbanding yang dijual di kedai-kedai fizikal.

Di sebalik kerancakan pembelian secara online, nampaknya sesetengah individu yang tidak bertanggungjawab telah memainkan peranan mereka melakukan jenayah di alam maya. Mereka semua ini dikenali sebagai scammer.Iklan

Kalau diselak kembali berita di dada akhbar atau melalui platform media sosial, terlalu banyak penipuan selepas proses pembayaran dilakukan scammer.

Pun demikian, risiko agar tidak menjadi sasaran scammer boleh dikurangkan dengan menyemak maklumat mereka terlebih dahulu.

Seorang individu yang dikenali sebagai Megat Mohd Yaacob melalui laman Facebooknya berkongsi tatacara agar anda semua tidak menjadi mangsa scammer. Antara yang disenaraikannya adalah:

1. Buat carian di Google dengan menaip Semak Mule PDRM.

2. Kemudian, pautan tersebut akan terus membawa anda memasuki laman rasmi Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial Diraja Malaysia.

3. Sejurus selepas itu, pautan tersebut akan memaparkan dua kategori semakan (boleh dipilih) sama ada kategori ‘akaun bank’ atau ‘nombor telefon’.

4. Pilihlah salah satu daripada kategori tersebut dan kemudiannya masukkan maklumat daripada penjual bersama kod captcha yang terpampang di laman web berkenaan.

5. Akhir sekali, anda boleh menekan butang ‘semak maklumat’ dan keputusan akan tertera dalam hanya beberapa saat sahaja.

Ingat, sekiranya tertera kotak amaran berwarna merah, maka berhati-hatilah. Dengan erti kata lain, tidak meneruskan urusan pembelian barangan tersebut.

Bukan itu sahaja, SinarPlus turut ingat mengingatkan orang ramai, setiap kali pembelian dilakukan, pastikan akaun bank disemak bagi memastikan bahawa jumlah pembelian sama seperti yang ditunjukkan di laman jualan.

Jangan lupa, simpan bukti pembelian seperti resit, perbualan dalam aplikasi sosial atau e-mel.

Bukti berkenaan penting terutamanya bagi kes barangan yang tidak sampai kepada pelanggan.

Jika berlaku masalah yang tidak diingini, aduan boleh dibuat melalui Khidmat e-aduan di Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna atau terus membuat laporan polis.

Oleh itu, belilah secara berhemah, kenali scammer dan pastikan pembelian hanya dilakukan melibatkan penjual yang boleh dipercayai.

-sinarplus

Era digitalisasi sangat pantas

January 26, 2021 | News, Tech | No Comments

BOLEH dikatakan setiap minggu ada saja kes membabitkan penipuan dalam talian dilaporkan membabitkan angka kecil sehingga kepada nilai jutaan ringgit sekali gus menimbulkan kebimbangan dalam kalangan masyarakat.

Masih wujud pengguna Internet di negara ini yang tidak begitu cakna dengan masalah penipuan dalam talian atau pendedahan berhubung bentuk penipuan itu kurang efektif sehingga masih ada segelintir yang terperdaya.

Berdasarkan rekod Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) pada 2019 mencatatkan lebih 9,000 kes penipuan membabitkan nilai lebih RM400 juta berkaitan jenayah penipuan siber dan multimedia.

Oleh itu, wujud cadangan kepada kerajaan untuk menaik taraf Unit Siasatan Jenayah Siber dan Multimedia di bawah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersil (JSJK) kepada satu jabatan baharu khusus menangani jenayah siber di dalam negara sebagai contoh Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Siber, PDRM.

Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Siber Malaysia (MCCA) Siraj Jalil berkata, menaik taraf kepada jabatan berkenaan adalah penting untuk mengekang sindiket penipuan ini termasuk memberi punca kuasa jelas kepada PDRM sebagai badan berautoriti.

“Kita melihat era digitalisasi di negara ini berlaku sangat pantas dan bukan saja Malaysia berdepan dengan masalah itu, sebaliknya seluruh dunia sedang berdepan dengan masalah sama.

“Dunia digital berubah begitu pantas sehingga polisi perundangan sudah terkebelakang pada hari ini. Jadi, perlu untuk Akta Jenayah Komputer 1997 dipinda semula kepada suatu undang-undang yang lebih berkesan.

“Jika kita lihat semula kepenggunaan Internet di negara ini, kita berada di kedudukan kesembilan tertinggi di dunia dengan jumlah penembusan sekitar 83 peratus dan merekodkan kadar pengguna baharu Internet lebih satu juta orang,” katanya kepada #ITMetro, semalam.

Siraj berkata, akibat daripada arus digitalisasi yang pantas itu memberi kesan kepada kira-kira 31 akta lain.

“Antara akta itu adalah Akta Perlindungan Data Peribadi 2010, Akta Perbadanan Harta Intelek 2002 dan ia termasuk Akta Kanak-Kanak 2001.

“Kita mahu mengawal ruang siber di negara ini supaya ia lebih selamat. Kita baharu bercakap mengenai jenayah siber, itu belum menyentuh soal buli siber yang menjadi normalisasi pada masyarakat hari ini.

“Memberikan komen jelik, memuat naik status menempelak yang keterlaluan dan bermacam lagi umpama sudah menjadi ‘budaya baharu’ bagi segelintir masyarakat,” katanya.

Mengulas berhubung cadangan naik taraf Unit Siasatan Jenayah Siber dan Multimedia PDRM, Siraj berkata, itu adalah langkah paling relevan untuk mengekang sebarang bentuk jenayah siber.

“Contohnya, jika syarikat A digodam oleh satu-satu pihak, mereka ingin melaporkan kes itu kepada siapa? Jika polis, pihak berkuasa berkenaan tidak mempunyai kemahiran teknikal yang cukup sedangkan kita boleh mengetahui siapa pelakunya.

“Jika kes itu dibawa kepada CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) kita boleh tahu siapa pelakunya dan tindakan boleh diambil. Sudah sampai masanya kita menaik taraf unit berkenaan kepada jabatan supaya langkah penguatkuasaan lebih efisien sekali gus membanteras ruang siber di negara ini dieksploitasi,” katanya.

-hmetro

CES 2021: Car dashboards are getting even smarter

January 14, 2021 | Info, Tech | No Comments

For several years now, cars have had a prominent place at the CES in Las Vegas.

For this 2021 edition, which this year is entirely virtual, manufacturers are revolutionising the good old dashboard, which has been transformed into a real digital console.

Both Mercedes and BMW are making a splash in this area with their new touch-sensitive and intelligent interfaces.

It’s hard to miss the MBUX Hyperscreen presented by Mercedes, which will adorn (as an option) the dashboard of its future large electric sedan EQS, to be launched this year.

Extremely impressive, this curved screen covers almost the entire dashboard and concentrates all the information necessary for driving and infotainment in one location.

But it’s also packed with artificial intelligence, which materialises as personalised suggestions on the screen for driving comfort and entertainment. In fact, the most important apps will always come up intuitively and contextually, at the highest visual level.

The MBUX Hyperscreen can also be adapted for the front passenger to offer them a dedicated display.

BMW is also using the event to unveil the latest generation of its iDrive system, which is smarter than ever.

The BMW iX, the brand’s future electric SUV, expected later this year, will inaugurate this new version and its new generation of dedicated display. First of all, thanks to new sensors and increased digital intelligence, certain driving and parking tasks are expected to be automated.

Secondly, the system will enable greater communication with the outside world for car and driver to be informed in real time of traffic conditions or potential incidents along the route.

It will also be able to receive and display hazard warnings from other BMW models equipped with iDrive.

The ultimate goal is to be able to use the full potential of a connected vehicle to make it an ever safer and more enjoyable means of transport. 

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On the first day of 2021, it was reported that people were not able to download the most popular mobile game of 2020 — Honor of Kings — through the Huawei AppGallery. In fact, they were not able to download games by the company Tencent, due to a dispute over a promotional agreement.

Besides Honor of Kings, Arena of Valor was also temporarily removed from the Huawei AppGallery. Although Tencent has a minority stake in PUBG’s company Epic Games, it appears PUBG wasn’t removed.

Despite running on Android, Huawei offers AppGallery to allow users discover and download apps. In China, all devices don’t have official access to Google and smartphone makers offer their own respective App stores. For international markets, new Huawei devices are shipped without Google Play Store due to restrictions by the US government.

“Tencent Games unilaterally made significant changes to the cooperation between the two parties resulting in major obstacles to continued cooperation. After careful evaluation by our legal team, we had to comply with the relevant unilateral request from Tencent to halt cooperation and remove Tencent games from the Huawei AppGallery,” an official notice posted in Huawei’s gaming community said.

Additionally, the notice said that while Huawei “doesn’t agree” with Tencent’s changes, they “understand Tencent’s request”. Huawei also mentioned that they “admire the achievements and absolute market position of Tencent’s gaming business”.

According to Reuters, Huawei insisted on a 50 per cent cut of Tencent’s game sales on its app store. While Tencent sells some of the most popular online games worldwide, Huawei has a 41.4 per cent share of the China mobile phone market and a 14.9 per cent share of the global market.

On the same day — after Tencent was “actively communicating and negotiating” with Huawei — Tencent published a notice saying the company has reached an agreement with the phone company. The games that were previously removed are now available again.

“Both sides will continue working together to bring customers even better experiences and services,” said Tencent.

While Tencent has reached an agreement with Huawei, a number of game developers have opposed Huawei’s revenue demands. They included Shanghai-based Mihoyo — which developed the game Genshin Impact, and Lilith Games — which developed the game Rise of Kingdoms.

In November 2020, Apple launched the App Store Small Business Program. It lets those who qualify pay a 15 per cent commission — down from the usual 30 per cent “Apple Tax”.

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After Fleets, Twitter is launching “Spaces.” The social network is innovating yet again by offering a group audio chat system. Currently in test phase, this new feature could be quickly rolled out. With “Spaces,” Twitter continues to orient its strategy towards more audio and security on its platform.

“The human voice can bring a layer of connectivity to twitter through emotion, nuance and empathy often lost in text. we see this with voice tweets & voice dms. sometimes 280 isn’t enough, and voice gives people another way to join the conversation.” Through a series of tweets, the official Twitter Spaces Twitter Spaces account announced the launch of its test phase on December 17. For the moment, only a privileged few can try out this new feature that allows users to converse face-to-face.

A safe space?

The name given to this new feature, “Spaces” is obviously not insignificant. The social network, which is taking on buzzed-about voice chat-based, invite-only social media app Clubhouse (still in beta) with this feature, claims to want to offer a space where internet users can feel safe to discuss issues freely. Twitter seems to be reinforcing its strategy of making its platform as secure as possible while the social network continues to find itself in controversial Twitterstorms about a variety of topics.

To enable these chat rooms, selected individuals can create “Spaces,” or discussion groups by inviting users of their choice. Only the administrators can decide who can speak in these groups. The “Spaces” are currently public and will automatically appear in the Fleets with an associated link that can be shared, says Twitter on its help page.

Currently only available in iOS, all users will be able to join a group as a listener. The creators of these discussion areas will obviously be able to delete, report and block members present in the discussion and of course close the group. After they have been closed, Twitter will keep a copy of these group chats for 30 days, and while the chats will no longer be accessible to users, the company will have the possibility to examine whether or not the group has broken the rules of the platform. The creators will be able to ask for a copy, as will internet users who have spoken, though tsh will only be available if the option of retranscription has been activated.

While a maximum of 10 people can speak in a group, the number of listeners is unlimited. Note also that protected accounts will not be able to create “Spaces” but will be allowed to join and speak in a group. Their presence will also be visible to the other members of the group.

To refine its tests, Twitter is offering users the possibility to apply to test “Spaces” by filling out an online form. 

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Saintis China mendakwa mereka telah membangunkan komputer kuantum terpantas di dunia digelar Jiuzhang yang mampu melakukan kiraan berbanding komputer biasa yang mungkin mengambil masa berbilion tahun untuk menyelesaikannya.

Laporan kajian itu turut diterbitkan menerusi jurnal sains pada Khamis lalu.

Ketua penyelidik, Profesor Lu Chaoyang berkata, pasukannya mencapai kejayaan itu dengan memanipulasi foton dan partikel cahaya.

Menurutnya, prototaip tersebut adalah 100 trilion kali ganda lebih cepat berbanding komputer super, Fukagu yang dilancarkan Jepun pada Jun lalu.

Tahun lalu, Google mengumumkan ia telah membina komputer yang mampu melakukan kiraan dalam tempoh 200 saat berbanding komputer super yang mungkin mengambil 10,000 tahun.

Saintis China bagaimanapun mendakwa komputer dihasilkan mereka adalah 10 bilion kali ganda lebih laju berbanding Sycamore dibangunkan Google.

China yang terlibat dalam perlumbaan teknologi dengan AS dikatakan telah membangunkan Makmal Kebangsaan untuk Maklumat Sains Kuantum yang menelan kos AS$10 bilion (RM40.6 bilion)

Sehingga kini, masih belum ada komputer kuantum yang sedia untuk digunakan di dunia.

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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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