Grab Offering RM800 Incentive To New Drive-Partners Until 31 March

Grab is now offering RM800 to Malaysians as an incentive to sign up as the e-hailing service’s drive-partner from January to 31 March 2020. The incentive consists of a RM500 sign-up bonus and RM300 of subsidies to assist new drivers with regulatory costs including medical, training, exams, vehicle inspection, and licensing.
Additionally, Grab has also launched the GrabBenefits rewards system, a flagship programme to help its drive-partner community to save and spend better. The programme includes four categories: Fuel Rebates, Vehicle Maintenance and Accessories, Healthcare, and Lifestyle and Travel.
With GrabBenefits, drive-partners are offered savings across brands such as Petronas, Liqui Moly, Shell Advance, Qualitas Medical, Lourdes Medical, Digi, Mitsui, Chubb Insurance, Zakat (KL and Selangor), Kaodim, GrabFood, GrabRewards and GrabPay. The programme is now accessible by users via the Grab Driver app.

Grab drivers will also receive a tiered rewards system via GrabBenefits which shares similarities to the GrabRewards system for regular users. The system consists of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Member tiers, which are based on the amount of rides completed, cancellation rates and driver ratings. Platinum-tiered drivers will have special access to GrabRewards on their user-based Grab app, as well as GrabInsure’s Personal Accident coverage privileges.
With these new additions for its drive-partner community, Grab hopes to help Malaysians by providing a healthy household income, as well as becoming a safety net to help them during times of need.

For further reading in regarding Grab’s newly launched programme and benefits, please visit their official website via the link below. Click here if you wish to find out more on the new drive-partner incentive.
(Source: Grab Malaysia.)
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AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Officially Available In Malaysia

AMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card has officially arrived on our shores. The new card comes just a month after the launch of the RX 5500 XT and is a slightly beefier alternative to card in regards to Full HD gaming.
Specs-wise, the 5600 XT is only available in one graphics memory configuration, which is 6GB GDDR6. Additionally, it has 36 Compute Units, 2304 Stream Processors, a base clock of 1375MHz, and a boost clock of 1560MHz. On the subject of power consumption, the card is a little bit more demanding than the 5500 XT at 150W, but it’s just a mere 20W more so it’s not really that big a gap.
Before you ask, yes: like the RX 5500 XT and 5700 XT, the RX 5600 XT is built around AMD’s RDNA GPU architecture, as well as a 7nm die lithography. Of course, like all current Radeon GPUs, it is also built to support the latest PCIe 4.0 interface.
In terms of price, AMD says that the recommended retail pricing for the Radeon RX 5600 XT starts from RM1200, but will differ depending on its board partner. On that note, AMD won’t be releasing a reference version of the card, meaning that it’ll only be purchasable with a brand’s custom-cooling solution attached to it.

As a quick reference, ASUS’ ROG Strix Radeon RX 5500 XT retails for RM1599 and comes with a 3+1 years warranty. Gigabyte’s also got its RX 5600 XT Gaming OC model, and that retails for RM1539. Gigabyte tells us that it also has Windforce variant in the pipeline, although it wasn’t able to confirm its price with us.
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Pocophone F1 Receives Stable Android 10 Rollout

The new year has been ushering a slew of good news for POCO fans. Aside from potentially seeing the POCO F2 released as a series in 2020, the original fan favourite Pocophone F1 had recently received a full-fledged Android 10 rollout as well.
Just two months after POCO’s now-former parent company Xiaomi released the Android 9 Pie based MIUI 11 update for the phone, GSMArena reports that the Android 10 version is now available for download on the Pocophone F1. However, Malaysian users have pointed out that they’ve not received the update at this time.
The new Pocophone F1 Android 10 upgrade provides system optimisation, the 1 January Android security patch, and also several bug fixes. Features such as notification shade and scrolling screenshots have been fixed, while Game Turbo has been tweaked to provide optimal performance.

The F1 was originally released in 2018 with Android 8 Oreo, and received its Pie update months later in the same year. The arrival of Android 10 is the second largest OS upgrade to land on the smartphone since its launch.
The update is said to be 1.9GB in size, so it’s recommended that you download it via Wi-Fi when it finally arrives in Malaysia. Seeing that the Android 10 update has been circulating around in other regions already, its hopeful that the rollout for local Pocophone F1 users will arrive soon.
(Source: GSMArena.)
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You Need To Re-register For The Maybank App’s Secure2u If You Upgraded To Android 10

Most Android version upgrades are as seamless as they get, with your apps updating themselves at the end. But it looks like one app, or at least one service within it, will have issues when you upgrade to Android 10. And that’s Secure2u via the MayBank app.
It appears that users of the app are having issues approving their Maybank2u transactions. If this is your experience, and you get the error code of M16, Maybank says that the solution to this is to re-register for Secure2u.

Fortunately, the process is simple enough. All you need to do is tap on the menu button, followed by Secure2u. The app will ask if you want to re-register on your current device, even if it’s the same device as before.
Unfortunately though, Maybank did not explain why the upgrade to Android 10 affects the Secure2u feature. But if you make mobile payments and transfers frequently, then re-registering is your only option for now.
(Source: Maybank)
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John Wick and Deadpool 2 Director David Leitch to Remake KUNG FU

The stunt coordinator/choreographer turned director, David Leitch is one of the most exciting action helmers working in cinema today. The man shocked the world with John Wick in 2014, a sleek and slick action flick unlike anything seen in Hollywood at the time. He then completely upped his game in Atomic Blonde — I mean who can forget the gloriously choreographed and photographed staircase fight? Since then Leitch has also directed Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw.

Now, David Leitch has locked in his next project and to nobody’s surprise, it’s going to be one with a lot of action. He has signed on to helm the remake of the 1972 series Kung Fu which starred David Carradine and ran for three seasons.
Per Deadline:
Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to the 1972 TV series Kung Fu for a contemporary-set action-packed feature film that will be directed by David Leitch.
Interestingly, unlike the series which was set in the 1800s, this feature film will take place in the present. The original series centred around a martial arts expert who ran away from China after the assassination of his master. He wondered the wild wild west helping people and fighting racism, all while a bunch of assassins try to kill him.
Apart from remaking/adapting this series, David Leitch is also currently working on two other projects: A Netflix original Sci-Fi action film, The Division, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, and Undying Love, a vampire action-romance.
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OPPO Reveals Its First Ever SIRIM-Certified 5G Phone

In a rather curious move, OPPO Malaysia earlier today has sent a media note regarding 5G smartphones. According to the brief, one of OPPO’s 5G phone has recently received Certificate of Conformity from SIRIM.
The note has also included a copy of the certificate which was apparently issued on 15 January 2020 but some of its details including the phone’s model name have been redacted by OPPO without any explanation. Then again, we are sure that some of you aware that SIRIM database can be accessed by members of the public.

Upon a quick search, we have learned that the certificate was issued for CPH1921 which is model number for Reno 5G that the company launched in selected markets last year. In fact, the phone has actually made a public appearance in Malaysia before as it was used for a demonstration with Celcom back in July 2019.
In general, this is a weird flex by OPPO. Hence, it made us wonder if this is a kneejerk reaction to the move made by Huawei who has confirmed the Mate 30 Pro 5G for Malaysia by publishing the same type of certificate from SIRIM, just a day after we spotted its gigantic billboard in Subang Jaya.

Even if that is the case, we still not sure why OPPO decide to bring an aging 5G phone into the market instead of its spanking new Reno3 Pro (shown above) and Reno3 5G. Then again, the company did mention in the same media note that there are new phones on their way to our market.
With Huawei and OPPO have now publicly revealed their commitment to 5G in Malaysia, we expect more brands to do the same very soon. Especially as we get closer to the commercial roll out of our 5G network which is expected to take place in Q3 2020.
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Qualcomm Debuts Snapdragon 720G, 662 And 460 4G Chipsets

Qualcomm has unveiled three new Snapdragon 4G SoCs with the 720G, 662 and 460 chipsets. These SoCs are designed for budget friendly smartphones, which offers fast 4G speeds, Wi-Fi 6 capability, Bluetooth 5.1, and are the first to support the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) GPS system.
The Snapdragon 720G is touted as an entry-level gaming SoC based on the 8nm process, and features the Snapdragon X15 LTE modem which supports download speeds of up to 800Mbps. The chipset sports several Snapdragon Elite Gaming capabilities, HDR gaming support, Qualcomm aptX Adaptive audio, and a Spectra 350L ISP that enables a maximum photo capture resolution of 192MP. Other features include 5th gen AI Engine with Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator support, and FastConnect 6200 Wi-Fi enhancements.
The 662 SoC is equipped with the Snapdragon X11 LTE modem which supports download speeds of up to 390Mbps. As for mobile photography, the chipset includes the Spectra 340T ISP that supports triple cameras as well as HEIF-format capture. It also features 3rd gen AI Engine with Hexagon Vector Extensions (HVX) which allows for AI enhanced night photography, face and voice ID, and the use of avatars.

Lastly, the Snapdragon 460 also features the same modem and AI engine as the 662 chipset. Qualcomm claims that the new 4-series offers improved performances of 70% for CPU and 60% for GPU when compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 450.
According to Qualcomm’s press release, among the brands that will release smartphones equipped with the new Snapdragon 720G chipset within 2020 include Xiaomi and realme. Devices featuring the 662 and 460 are expected to be released throughout the rest of the year as well.
(Source: Qualcomm.)
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Bad Boys For Life Review: A Surprisingly Moving Action-Dramedy

This is a spoiler-free review of Bad Boys For Life.
Our childhood heroes are no longer the same men they used to be. Cinema has spent the better part of the last five years telling us this much. In 2015, we saw Rocky, the man who once ended the bloody cold war by knocking Ivan Drago’s jaws off his stupid face, puke and collapse in a ring then get diagnosed with cancer. Arnold freaking Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Dark Fate not only had grey hair but also a wife and kid whom he had chosen to settle down with, deep in a quiet forest. Even in Tamil Cinema, we saw Rajinikanth, the ageless icon of Indian pop-culture, for the first time ever play an ageing grandpa who dies at the end of Kaala, unable to punch and kick his way out of trouble.
It’s sad. It also pisses off half the internet (there are still people tweeting Rian Johnson for ruining Luke Skywalker). But it’s this grim and beautiful reality of life that has given us the best versions of these iconic characters/actors. Age has added vulnerabilities to them to match their coolness. They have blood underneath their steel flesh. Their faces are often wrinkled with regret. They have flaws. For the first time, our heroes are also human.

Which brings me to BAD BOYS FOR LIFE. Miami hasn’t changed much. It’s the same as it’s always been in these movies, the unholy seeds of Michael Bay’s testicles. The colours are saturated to look like a six-year-old’s pack of crayons. The cops are rockstars who apparently get paid so much, they can afford sports cars and designer jackets. And the women who walk the street only have two types of clothing in their wardrobes — booty shorts and tiny bikinis.
What has changed though, is Detective Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Detective Mike Lowrey (Will Smith).
I was worried that Belgian directing duo Adil and Bilall would try to engineer another Michael Bay baby. But they don’t. Mostly because they’re not gynaecologists at an IVF lab, but also because they know that for Bad Boys to endure, Bad Boys must evolve. And evolve it does. Bad Boys For Life is a mature and current take on what was an enjoyable but juvenile franchise for frat bros.
Marcus is a grandfather now — a high octane car chase that opens the film ends at a hospital with Marcus comedically weeping at the sight of his newborn grandson — and wants to retire. Mike still believes he’s a 30-year-old, but in a shocking scene, gets multiple bullets pumped through his gut by a thug on a motorcycle. Bulletproof Mike is no longer invulnerable. As he lies unconscious on the hospital bed, we catch a glimpse of his exterior without the animal print leather jackets and the swagger to go with. Without a beard dye, his facial hair is grey.
If the first Bad Boys movie was about a couple of hot shots hot shotting their way through everything, Bad Boys For Life deals with the consequences of their actions as past demons come back to haunt them. The screenplay by Chris Bremmer, Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan is really good. Markus saying, “perhaps it’s time we stop being bad boys and start trying to be good men,” isn’t just a funny quip, it forms the central conflict of the film. There’s even a wonderfully edited sequence where we see Markus pulling the lever of his comfy chair in his living room releasing its leg rest juxtaposed with Mike pulling the handbrake of his car.
Markus has come to terms with his age and feels liberated by it. Mike is desperately clinging on to past glories. But they, despite what Mike believes, aren’t who they used to be. They aren’t just vulnerable, they also fail… repeatedly. In fact, they fail so much and mess up to such a degree that they’re given an entire team to help them along the way. The team comprises of chief Paola Nunez who used to date Mike, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig and Charles Melton, all of whom bounce off each other and Smith and Lawrence to brilliant effect.

The best thing to come out of Bay’s first two films is the line, we ride together, we die together. Here the writers and directors explore what that actually means beyond the superficial. It means having to sit by the hospital bed of your best friend and dye his beard with a small brush like a moron because you know that’s how he would like to be seen even if he’s 90 years old in a coffin. Their friendship doesn’t just start at the opening title card and end when the end credits roll. They have lives that extend beyond the frames. Their friendship has festered and grown over the years. So, when Markus sits in a church, wears his heart on his sleeve damp with tears and says “If you save him, I will put no more violence into this world,” you believe him with every fibre in your body. It helps that Smith and Lawrence have dynamite chemistry. In Adil and Billall’s Bad Boys For Life, the line “one last ride” followed by a fist bump actually means something.* The next time Vin Diesel says “family” in a Fast & Furious movie, I’ll be sure to smack his face with the Blu-ray of Bad Boys For Life.
There are other juicy bits of writing. The theme of friendship and family extends onto the villain’s side as well. You get a mother-son dynamic who are trying to avenge the death of their husband/father. I also love how midway through the movie, we get a conversation on the existence of hell and later there’s an action block that’s set in a proverbial scorching hell ready to engulf all of them.

Weirdly enough, the action sequences are the film’s weakest portions. Not because they’re bad, but because they’re (relatively) normal. I guess this is the WTF part of my review where I praise Michael Bay. I mean, what can I say, for all his faults — and believe me, I am not a fan of Michael Bay AT ALL — his action sequences are always injected with a lot of passion and even more steroids, which would’ve worked well in a film like this. That said, even the ordinarily directed action sequences here made me feel more than I did watching the entirety of Six Underground. And that’s because Adil and Bilall understand character. They know that what makes these type of films really work is emotional resonance. And on those fronts, Bad Boys For Life delivers.
This is easily the best Bad Boys movie. Where the film really falters is during its closing moments and the mid-credits scene which betrays the very thesis of Bad Boys For Life. Scenes that suggest there will be more ‘last rides’ as long the franchise keeps making money.
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Internet Explorer Security Flaw Actively Being Exploited; Fix Still On The Way

In this day and age, one really shouldn’t be using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as their default browser anymore. Things are so bad that even the company that made it suggests using something else. And now, it looks like a new issue with it has been discovered.
Microsoft has confirmed that hackers are actively exploiting the security flaw affecting the browser. The company also says that this affects all versions of Windows, including Windows 7, which will no longer be updated. The nature of the vulnerability lies with the way Internet Explorer handles memory.
TechCrunch reports that the Firefox browser had a similar vulnerability. Mozilla has since updated the browser with a patch, and has urged its users to update it. Both Microsoft and Mozilla credited Chinese security company Qihoo 360 for discovering the vulnerability on their respective browsers.

Though, oddly enough, none of the three companies have disclosed the way the vulnerability is being exploited, who are the hackers exploiting it, or who they are targeting. Also, Microsoft appears to has no immediate plans to fix this Internet Explorer bug. Instead, a patch for this vulnerability will only come with February’s batch of security updates.
At any rate, you should just use another browser that’s not Internet Explorer, even after Microsoft fixes this particular bug. The aforementioned Firefox is a good example, as is the ever popular Chrome browser. Even if you must use something from Microsoft, the company has the newer, and much better, Chromium-based Edge browser.
(Source: TechCrunch)
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ILLEGEAR IONIC Ultrabook Now Available; Priced From RM3899

High performance custom laptop maker ILLEGEAR enters the new year with the unveiling of the IONIC ultrabook. The new laptop is designed for creators and packs significant performance for creative work such as image and video editing, among others.
The IONIC features a magnesium alloy body with protective coating that weighs 1.45kg and measures at 15mm thin. It sports a 15.6-inch INFINIVISION display with ultra-thin bezels, as well as the company’s iRIS SRGB 100% technology which provides a diverse colour gamut, better brightness and enhanced contrast.

Under the hood, powering the ILLEGEAR IONIC is a 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10510U processor which can be paired with DDR4 RAM of up to 16GB, and is able to support two M.2 PCIe SSD slots for internal storage. The ultrabook runs on a massive 92Wh battery which allows it last for an extended amount of time without being plugged in.

The IONIC features an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 2GB GDDR5 for graphics acceleration, and is equipped with Sound Blaster Cinema 5 speakers for an immersive audio experience. Other features include Intel/Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX capability, and an ultra-tactile keyboard with white back-light.

The ILLEGEAR IONIC ultrabook is available now and is priced at RM3899. ILLEGEAR states that the laptop’s price may vary based on configuration, and is also subject to 5% cash discount. For more information on the IONIC, please visit the company’s official website via the link below.
(Source: ILLEGEAR.)
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