TNG eWallet PayDirect Feature Is Now Supported At AKLEH, LATAR, MEX, SILK, and More

PayDirect is a feature within the Touch n’ Go (TNG) eWallet app which allows users to link their physical TNG cards to the app and utilize the funds in the eWallet app for toll payment. This way, users no longer have to reload those cards through reload counters at highways or through other traditional means.
Back in February, TNG Digital has announced the addition of LKSA and SMART into the list of highways that support the PayDirect feature which was first introduced in last December at DUKE. The list has since recently been expanded with the inclusion of several new highways as shown below:
Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
Cheras-Kajang Expressway (Grand Saga)
North Klang Straits Bypass (Grand Sepadu)
LATAR Expressway (LATAR)
Maju Expressway (MEX)
Kajang SILK Highway (SILK)
While the list is much bigger than before, there are still plenty of major highways out there that have yet to support PayDirect such as LDP, NPE, KESAS, and SPRINT. TNG has yet to reveal the activation timeline for these highways for the time being but nevertheless, we’ll keep you posted once we have further information.
(Source: TNG eWallet – 1 / 2 )
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Hotlink To Go Through System Upgrade On 22 April; Affects Top Up and Red App

Maxis has just announced that it will be carrying out system upgrade for its Hotlink prepaid services. The upgrade will involve two phases, with the first one has been scheduled to take place on 22 April.
As part of the first phase, some Hotlink prepaid users will not be able to top up, make purchases or use the Hotlink Red app for almost 24 hours. The exact time frame is between 8:30 AM of 22 April to 6:00 AM of 23 April.

In anticipation of the system upgrade, Maxis has advised all Hotlink customer to top up their Hotlink credit and buy Internet passes in advanced. The telco will also send SMS to their customers as a reminder.
So, if you’ve received an SMS informing you to top up earlier, you should do just that. You should also make sure that any subscription services that you pay for using your Hotlink balance are not expiring within the said time frame.
(Source: Maxis)
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This Slumberland Smart Bed Is Coming To Malaysia in June; With A Price Tag of RM 39,880

Smart devices come in many form and shapes although smart bed is quite rare in the market. Soon, one such product which is called MyZmartBed will be making its way into Malaysia.
Made by Slumberland, a renowned bed manufacturer that has been around for 100 years, the smart bed has a specialized layer that was crafted by another company called Responsive Surface Technology. It contains more than 2000 sensor points that cover legs, posterior, lumbar, shoulder, and head areas.

Through these sensors, MyZmartBed is able to detect users position and determine whether they need additional support or comfort. The bed will then adjust itself according to the data provided by these sensors. Of course, users can choose to activate the manual mode and adjust the bed to their own likings.
Interestingly, both sides of MyZmsartBed can be also adjusted individually which means couples can implement their own preferences on their side of the bed, instead of being stuck with one universal setting. These adjustments can be done through the Wi-Fi based MyZmartBed app which also allows users to check their sleep patterns and real-time body pressure against the bed.

Covered by a 10-year warranty, the smart bed can be obtained at a promotional price of RM 39,880 starting this June onwards through Slumberland Mattress Gallery in Bangsar and Viva Home. It will also be made available through selected outlets all over Malaysia.
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Live-Action Lion King Will Not Be Exactly the Same as the Animated Film

2019 is perhaps the most stacked year for Disney in their 96-year history. Not only does the studio have Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on their card, the studio will also see the release of live-action versions of The Lion King and Aladdin. Hitting the big screen in 1994, The Lion King still remains one of the most beloved animated films of all time, with a Shakespearean story, great characters and iconic music.
There’s no denying people’s excitement for the live-action remake. However, if there’s one criticism people have thrown at it so far is that the trailers seem to indicate a shot-for-shot remake of the original. And if that really is the case, then one can’t help but wonder what’s the point? But it looks like that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to IndieWire, director of the Lion King live-action remake, Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) promised fans that his film will not be 100% similar to the original.
“The original holds up incredibly well, so the challenge here was to tell a story in a different way but still deliver on people’s expectations while surprising them somehow.”

Having said that, Jon Favreau teased that his film will still include the iconic shots from the animated original.
The Lion King features the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. James Earl Jones also voiced Mufasa in the animated film.

The Lion King (2019) official synopsis:
From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile.
With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa.
The Lion King roars into theatres on July 18, 2019.
(Source: IndieWire)
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Iraq Bans Fortnite and PUBG; Cites Negative Influence On Youth

Following Nepal’s banning of PUBG, it looks like Iraq is following suit, but with a wider net being cast. The country’s parliament has voted to ban popular online video games that have been deemed to contain violent elements which not surprisingly includes PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite.
According to Reuters, lawmakers have not only mandated the government to bar online access to these games but also related financial transactions. Like Nepal, Iraq’s reasoning also cites its negative impacts “on the health, culture and security of Iraqi society, including societal and moral threats to children and youth.”

Citizens were quick to respond to the ban with negativity. That said, their beef with the ban is not so much directly in response to the games’ ban, but rather the government’s misplaced priorities. For context, the Iraqi parliament has only passed one piece of legislation since it first convened.
This makes Iraq the second country to ban PUBG in two weeks, following Nepal’s ban last week. During the weekend before that, British Prince Harry called for the ban of Fortnite, calling it “irresponsible” and “created to addict“.
(Source: Reuters.
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“Last 8 Minutes of Endgame Are the Best in the MCU” – Robert Downey Jr

The anticipation for Avengers: Endgame keeps building and building as we approach its April 24 release date. Opening night shows are almost sold out all over Malaysia and theatre chains keep adding more and more showtimes to their lineup. In fact, a representative from TGV Cinemas had previously informed us that pre-sales for Endgame are about 70% higher than the pre-sales of Avengers: Infinity War.
But if for whatever reason you’re still not pumped for Endgame, then this next piece of news just might do the trick. In an interview with The Upcoming, Robert Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe said that the last eight minutes of Endgame is perhaps the best in the entire history of MCU.
“The last eight minutes of [Avengers: Endgame] are maybe the best eight minutes in the entire history of the whole run of them, in a way, because everyone’s involved.”

Two things stand out from the RDJ quote. For one, saying a particular sequence is the best in the entire MCU is no small praise. Better than the airport battle sequence in Civil War? Better than Thanos snapping his fingers in Infinity War? Better than the first time we see the first wave of Avengers assemble in 2012’s The Avengers?
Apart from that, Robert Downey Jr also said: “everyone’s involved.” Could this mean that the final eight minutes of Endgame would see an action block featuring more than 30 awesome characters kick ass? Or could it be a quiet and emotionally poignant moment? It is highly likely that by this point, the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk have successfully reversed the events that took place at the climax of Infinity War and brought their friends back to life. Just thinking about it makes my heart race!
Avengers: Endgame official synopsis:
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, Avengers: Endgame.

(Source: The Upcoming)
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Second Generation Apple AirPods Now Officially Available In Malaysia

If you have been waiting for the second generation Apple AirPods to arrive in Malaysia, we have good news for you then. Almost one month after it was unveiled to the world, the wireless earphones can now be purchased through Apple Malaysia’s website.
As per our previous report, the second generation Apple AirPods has a starting price of RM 699. At this price though, customers will only receive the standard charging case.

If you prefer to obtain them with the new wireless charging case, the price is slightly higher at RM 879. For those who still owned the first generation AirPods, they can get their hands on the stand-alone wireless charging case for RM 439.
You can also choose to add laser engraving on the charging case for free although this option not available for the stand-alone wireless charging case. For now, Apple Malaysia’s website is the only place that you can obtain the new second generation AirPods although we expect them to be made available through local Apple Authorised Resellers very soon.
(Source: Apple Malaysia.)
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Microsoft Introduces The Discless Xbox One S All-Digital Edition

In what seems to be a massive recognition to the modern era of digital content distribution, Microsoft recently has revealed the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Despite having the same physical design, this particular Xbox One S variant doesn’t come with a disc drive though.
Hence, gamers that decide to purchase this console will have to fully depend on Xbox Games Store in order to obtain games. Additionally, they also not able to play Blu-ray movies on the console given its lack of disc drive.

Aside from the missing disc drive, all other hardware within the All-Digital Edition console is still identical to the standard model. Price-wise, the All-Digital Edition console goes for USD 249.99 (~RM 1,040) which is USD 50 (~RM 208) lower than the standard model.
In Singapore, which is the nearest official Xbox market for Malaysia and the source for almost all parallel imported Xbox consoles in our market, the All-Digital Edition console is listed at SGD 368 (~RM 1,129) and will be released over there on 7 May. Given the speed of our parallel importers, expect the console to pop up at your favourite game stores soon after.
(Source: Xbox.)
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Ubisoft Is Refunding Assassin’s Creed Unity Purchases

In response to the fire that partially consumed the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Ubisoft is giving out Assassin’s Creed Unity for free this week. If you happen to have bought the game just before it was made available for free, then Ubisoft will be issuing refunds to you soon.
The publisher’s support site states that if you’re among those eligible for refunds, you won’t need to do anything as Ubisoft will reach out to you on its own regarding the refund. Do note that you’ll only be eligible for a refund if you bought the PC version of the game after 15 April.

In case you missed the news, Ubisoft’s reasoning behind giving away Assassin’s Creed Unity for free is so that people can still visit the world famous landmark through the game which was set in Paris during the French Revolution period.
As a quick reminder, you should claim the free game if you haven’t done so already. The offer is only available for the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Unity and can be obtained through Uplay until 3:00 PM on 25 April 2019.
(Source: Ubisoft via PCGamesN)
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The Non-Pro Variant of OPPO F11 Now Available For As Low As RM 999

As promised, OPPO has recently announced the availability of the non-Pro variant for its F11 device. Despite the moniker, the phone still features plenty of components from the F11 Pro which was launched in Malaysia late last month.
For example, it still comes with a 6.5-inch Full HD display, MediaTek Helio P70 processor, and dual camera system on its back which offers 48MP as well as 5MP cameras. However, the non-Pro model doesn’t come with the motorized pop-up selfie camera module but still features the same 16MP selfie camera although it is housed within the phone’s tear-drop display notch instead.

Another factor that differentiates both F11 and F11 Pro is their memory and storage options. Specifically, the standard F11 is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage but the F11 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. In terms of battery capacity, they are actually not far off from each other at 4020mAh and 4000mAh respectively.
Of course, there’s their pricing as well. The F11 Pro is currently available in the market for RM 1299 while the standard F11 model is priced much less at RM 1099 and if you come at the right time, you can actually obtain the phone for RM 999 exclusively at Shopee.
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