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LazMall Guaranteed Delivery Provides Compensation To Customers If Their Products Arrive Late

Lazada today has announced a new region-wide policy regarding product delivery that is called LazMall Guaranteed Delivery. Through this policy, Lazada not only promised that customers’ LazMall orders will arrive within a specific time frame but they will also receive compensation if the delivery is late.
The new LazMall Guaranteed Delivery is apparently the third special policy from Lazada after the 100% Authentic and 15-Day Returns. Customers are able to identify the products that support the policy by either of these badges:

The van badge with 24h label guarantees that the order will reach customers within 24 hours. On another hand, the badge with the tick means that customers will receive their orders within a guaranteed time frame.
If the delivery failed to arrive within the promised time, customers will then receive RM 5 as a compensation which will be credited directly into their Lazada Wallet. The LazMall Guaranteed Delivery is now currently available for deliveries within Klang Valley, with nationwide expansion to take place very soon.
(Source: Lazada.)
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Google Malaysia Announces 6 Percent Digital Tax To Take Effect Starting January 2020

The Service Tax (Amendment) 2019 Bill which imposes a 6% tax on digital services that was passed in April this year will be implemented beginning January of next year. In compliance with Malaysia’s new Sales & Services Tax, Google has announced that a 6% tax will be charged their clients in Malaysia once the law comes into effect.
Speaking to The Star, a Google spokesperson confirmed that the tax will be applicable to the company’s G Suite services which provides custom email addresses, cloud storage, and productivity related applications to businesses and companies. The tax will be charged on user purchases and will be reflected under the “Billing & Payments” section of their accounts.
The spokesperson has not disclosed whether the tax will be affecting online purchases via Google Play Store, or other Google-owned platforms such as YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. Instead, Malaysian users are asked to wait for further announcements, and any possible changes in pricing will be alerted to them via email.

The 6% tax is applicable to digital services such as software, applications, video games, digital music and film, online streaming services, and subscription-based media, among many others within the category. Other online and digital services such as Netflix, Spotify, and Steam will be affected by the digital tax as well. However, we have yet to receive any official announcements from these platforms regarding this.
Foreign companies providing these digital services have been allowed to register with the Customs Department from 1 October 2019. Registration for foreign service providers is mandatory when the total value of digital services provided to Malaysian consumers exceeds RM500,000 per year.
(Source: The Star.)
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Fast & Furious 9: Tyrese Shares Heartbreaking Post on Paul Walker

Six years ago, Paul Walker, the actor who made a name for himself playing Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise tragically passed away. Adding insult to injury, Walker’s demise happened in the midst of Furious 7‘s production. Walkers younger brothers Caleb and Cody Walker came on board to help director James Wan complete the project, by posing as Paul’s body double (James Wan used extensive CGI face-swapping). It’s widely documented that the Fast & Furious gang are not just a family on set but off set as well. This was very apparent in the scene on the beach that leads towards the Paul Walker/Brian O’Conner tribute package in Furious 7 where we see some of the likes of Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson trying to hold back genuine tears as they talked about one of their closest friends.
Speaking of Tyrese, in an Instagram post, the actor who plays Roman Pierce in the Fast & Furious franchise, wrote about how much Paul Walker means to him and that every single one of them thought about him on the set of Fast & Furious 9.
Today 6 years ago I got the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten in my life….. Roland your best man and our brother….. I guess that’s why I’ve slept the day away cause I just want this particular day to go away…… today I choose to remember your hugs, today I choose to remember your smile, today I choose to remember the distinct sound of your laugh…. today I choose to remember that we shared too many stories of how we loved our daughters… Today I choose to tell you that we thought about you everyday on the set of Fast9 and when we were tired YOU pulled us UP….. Nothing is or will ever be the same without you……. REST IN HEAVEN P!!!! Thank you for coming to our planet and creating the shift!!!!!!!!

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Today 6 years ago I got the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten in my life….. Roland your best man and our brother….. I guess that’s why I’ve slept the day away cause I just want this particular day to go away…… today I choose to remember your hugs, today I choose to remember your smile, today I choose to remember the distinct sound of your laugh…. today I choose to remember that we shared too many stories of how we loved our daughters… Today I choose to tell you that we thought about you everyday on the set of Fast9 and when we were tired YOU pulled us UP….. Nothing is or will ever be the same without you……. REST IN HEAVEN P!!!! Thank you for coming to our planet and creating the shift!!!!!!!!
A post shared by TYRESE (@tyrese) on Nov 30, 2019 at 2:13pm PST

Fast & Furious 9 is set to be released in theatres on 21 May 2020.
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The Irishman: Here’s How You Can Watch the 3 and a Half Hour Long Gangster Movie as a Miniseries

They don’t make movies like The Irishmananymore. The Martin Scorsese film is a 3 and a half-hour long meditative gangster drama that is wonderfully crafted and performed and rich in detail. In Samuel Lim’s review, he wrote:
The Irishman is the kind of film that defines a generation and would have if not for the tide of time. Scorsese has further solidified his status in the annals of crime film history. If any film shall bring about, or at the very least inspire, the second coming of the mobster film trend, The Irishman shall be that herald.
While we would recommend watching the entirety of the film in one sitting (which includes emptying your bladder before you hit play), we’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter complain that the film is too long. No worries! If you’re not used to sitting through long movies or simply do not have the time to do so, a Swedish-based entertainment journalist, Alexander Dunerfors, offered a different way to watch The Irishman as a four-episode miniseries, by providing timestamps to cue viewers when to stop watching without losing any of its narrative momentum.
“Episode” 1: I Heard You Paint HousesStart – 49:00 (cut when Jimmy Hoffa ends the call).
“Episode” 2: Hoffa49:00 – 1:40:00 (cut when Joey the Blond is introduced).
“Episode” 3: What Kind of Fish?1:40:00 – 2:47:30 (cut when Frank exits the house).
“Episode” 4: It Is What It Is2:47:30 – end

I created a viewing guide for everyone who thinks THE IRISHMAN is too damn long for one night. You're welcome! #scorsese #netflix #theirishman pic.twitter.com/sH06AxJ7he
— Alexander Dunerfors (@dunerfors) November 28, 2019

The Irishman synopsis:
In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs the ranks to become a top hit man, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa — a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime.
The Irishman is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin and Ray Romano.
The Irishman is currently available to stream on Netflix.
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Own The Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds For Just RM599 Now

The Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless earbuds were first announced and launched earlier this year. Designed to strike a balance between durability and all-round functionality, all without putting a deep dent in your pockets. On that note, you can get the earbuds for yourself, well below its RM785 market price.
On Lazada, the Jabra Elite 65t is currently selling for RM599 via the brand’s official store page. Statistically, that’s 24% off from its original price, which is honestly a pretty good value. For the record, the offer listed here is for the Titanium Black version of the earbuds. However, the same offer is also available for the Copper Black version of the earbuds as well.

Specs-wise, the Jabra Elite 65t offers up to five hours of continuous use and comes with a charging case that stores an additional 15 hours of battery life. Moreover, the earbuds are also compatible with Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, as well as Amazon Alexa. Wireless connectivity is handled via Bluetooth 5.0 and the earbuds are also built with four-microphone technology that Jabra says will provide effective wind noise reduction.
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realme X2 Pro Officially In Malaysia; Priced At RM2399

realme unveiled its first flagship-class phone in the form of the X2 Pro. The company has also indicated that it will be bringing said device into our market. Today, the phone officially makes its landing on our shores.
To quickly recap, the realme X2 Pro comes with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and a fingerprint sensor underneath. On the inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and a 4000mAh battery.

For cameras, the realme X2 Pro is equipped with a 48MP main unit, a 13MP telephoto camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP portrait lens. On the front, it comes with a 16MP unit in a waterdrop notch.
The realme X2 Pro is priced locally at RM2399. It will be available for pre-order first on Chup Dulu Lazada on 5 December. This is then followed by full retail availability on 12 December. There’s also a special offline sale a DirectD’s Grand Mega Store in Petaling Jaya. This will be on 7 December, but it also begins at midnight.
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Intel: Qualcomm To Blame For 5G Modem Sale To Apple

Earlier this year, Intel officially sold off its 5G mobile modem business to Apple to the tune of US$1 billion (~RM4.18 billion), signaling the semiconductor maker’s exit from the 5G modem business. However, Intel says that the sale was “grossly undervalued” and describes it as a “multi-billion dollar” loss to itself.
If that wasn’t enough, Intel is openly blaming rival semiconductor maker, Qualcomm, stating that the latter’s anti-competitive behaviour had created the conditions that forced its hand. Causing them to sell off their 5G mobile modem division to the Cupertino-based giant.
Intel’s alleged revelation of Qualcomm’s anti-competitive business was brought to light when it filed a brief at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal that, as luck would have it, bears support to an on-going FTC antitrust probe against Qualcomm. Specifically, the document says that Qualcomm had tailored its licensing arrangements for its CDMA and LTE IPs in such a way. Any OEMs that bought its chips had to agree to a patent deal that would punish them, should they decide to seek out business with rival chipmakers.

Despite no longer having a 5G modem division, Intel is still clearly interested in continuing development of 5G solutions for the PC industry. To that end, the company recently partnered up with the Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor maker, MediaTek, to further its 5G endeavour.
(Source: Techspot)
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Box Office: Knives Out Thrives Opening Weekend; Frozen 2 Continues to Soar

In a delightful surprise, Rian Johnson’s whodunit, Knives Out thrived at the box office opening weekend. The $US 40 million film opened with a solid $US 41.7 million in North America and $US 28.3 million outside of North America for a global cume of $US 70 million. To put things into perspective, Charlie’s Angels has been out in cinemas for more than 16 days and has only grossed $US 51 million worldwide. Even Terminator: Dark Fate only raked in $US 29 million opening weekend in North America. Yes, the James Cameron produced Sci-Fi action flick — the sixth in its franchise — did gross over $US 94 million outside of North America in its first weekend, but even that’s a major disappointment considering the film’s massive budget.
This makes me really happy as Knives Out is an original, mid-range budgeted film that’s not a reboot, sequel, remake or based on any existing Intellectual Properties (IP). It looks like strong critical reception (96% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 8.3/10) and fan reaction (93% on Rotten Tomatoes) generated enough buzz to push the masses to go check it out.
Here’s to hoping the film continues to thrive in the coming weeks and hopefully gross close to $US 200 million by the end of its run.
Knives Out is easily one of my favourite films of the year. In my review I wrote:
Knives Out is a spectacularly twisty whodunit that harkens back to the golden days of Agatha Christie, yet feels completely fresh and modern. One that tickles your funny bone as much as it titillates your mind.
Like a black hole in outer space, Rian Johnson sucks you right from the getgo into the zany eccentric billionaire world — mind you, it is very zany and all the characters talk like they’ve got a stick stuck up their bum, because frankly, they do — that he has built and takes you on this incredible journey that’s scattered with clues and clever misdirection.
*****

Speaking of box office draws, after merely two weekends in theatres, Disney’s Frozen 2 has already grossed over $US 287 million in North America and $US 451 million outside of North America, bringing its worldwide tally to $US 738.5 million. Last week, the film broke Toy Story 4‘s record to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time.
At this rate, it’s very likely that it will gross at least $US 1 billion by the end of its run. If it does so, it will be the 7th Disney movie in 2019 to achieve that, joining the ranks of Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4, Aladdin.
Knives Out and Frozen 2 are currently playing in Malaysian cinemas.
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Alleged Sony PlayStation 5 Devkit Console Leaked Online

There have been speculations on Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5 console may look like, with fanmade renders and alleged leaks popping up online to keep eager fans guessing. While it may take a while until we would eventually catch an actual glimpse of the console next year, alleged images of the PS5’s devkit consoles has been spotted in the wild.
Uploaded by Twitter user Alcoholikaust aka The Drunk Cat, is an image that shows a pair of supposed PS5 devkit consoles taken from an unknown location – which we can assume is from a game development studio. Tom Warren, senior editor of The Verge, confirms that these are indeed the actual devkits that are handed out by Sony to developers.
Warren also noted that the reason for the “V” shape design is so that the console can vent properly while being easily stacked for undergoing multiple stress tests. He added that the cooling is optimised to push air out of its sides and center. Seeing that it is the fifth iteration of the PlayStation console, it’s also worth pointing out that the “V” design could also represent the roman numeral for the number “5”.

Along with the devkit consoles are what may appear to be either the DualShock 4 controllers or early prototypes for the DualShock 5. If the controllers seen are of the former that the developers are testing their games on, there’s a possibility that the PlayStation 5’s newer controller may not have different gimmicks compared to its predecessor.
On an interesting note, the devkit’s PS5 “V” shape design first surfaced from a patent leak uncovered by LetsGoDigital a while back, and seems to match up almost perfectly. As we’ve reported back in April, another alleged leaked image of the PS5 devkit was uploaded online but differs in design for both its console and controller.

Even though this design for the PS5 devkit has been confirmed by a reliable source, it’s best to take it with a pinch of salt – as always. On the other hand, devkit designs will usually differ from the finalised retail version, so we may not see this version of the console sitting in our living rooms. The PlayStation 5 is expected to be released sometime in November 2020.
[Source: Twitter – Alcoholikaust, Tom Warren // LetsGoDigital.]
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Capcom Teases Resident Evil 3 Remake As Part Of Steam Sale Promo

Rumours have previously indicted that Capcom may be working on a Resident Evil 3 remake. More evidence of this has recently surfaced, as part of a Steam’s Autumn Sale promo, no less.
Last Friday, the company posted the image you see below on the official Resident Evil Facebook page. On it, prominently in front of the series’ cast is Jill Valentine, with her look in the third game. And at the back, there’s the unmistakable villain character, Nemesis.

What makes this image stand out particularly is that you can’t actually buy Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on Steam. Although, one could argue that the costume is available in the HD Remaster of the first game, which can be bought on Steam.
This single teaser image is hardly confirmation that it is indeed on the way. That said, Capcom did say that it will be bringing back older names in its library. And considering the success of Resident Evil 2 Remake, it’s not unlikely that the third game in the series, a very well received one, will be brought back.
(Source: Capcom / Facebook via PCGamesN)
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