BAD LAB and Watsons Co-Host A Dota 2 and Tekken 7 Tournament, Happening This Weekend

BAD LAB today has officially kicked off its latest eSports tournament called BAD DUEL and BAD LAB BRAWL. Held in collaboration with local personal care store, Watsons, this is the first time that two brands in the personal care industry co-organized an esports event together.
The BAD DUEL Dota 2 tournament will run in two phases. Teams will play in an online qualifier before proceeding to the main event, which will be offline. From there, the top four qualified teams will be invited to play in the finals on 16 and 17 November at Sunway Velocity Mall.

In the case of the BAD LAB BRAWL Tekken 7 tournament, the duels will be hosted locally at the venue itself this week, with the first day kicking off alongside BAD DUEL tournament. Further, players in the top eight placings will be fighting for the grand prize on the second day.
On the subject of prizes, the BAD DUEL Dota 2 tournament features a total prize pool of RM4000, while BAD LAB BRAWL Tekken 7 has a prize pool of RM2000. Additionally, all prizes include merchandise from BAD LAB.
If you couldn’t make it to Sunway Velocity Mall this weekend, you can catch all the updates from both tournaments via BAD LAB’s official Facebook page.
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BAD LAB Announces Its Own CS:GO Team, Alongside Dota 2 and Tekken 7 Tournament with Watson

BAD LAB officially kicked off its first BAD LAB eSports tournament, featuring BAD DUEL and BAD LAB BRAWL, and in collaboration with local personal care store, Watsons. The tournament marks the first time that two brands in the personal care industry join the eSports industry.
In conjunction with the tournament announcement, BAD LAB has also unveiled its BAD LAB eSports team for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The team itself started off a friendly exhibition match with Team SynxMamba.

The BAD DUEL Dota 2 tournament will run in two phases. Teams will play in an online qualifier before proceeding to the main event, which will be offline. From there, the top four qualified teams will be invited to play in the finals on 16 and 17 November at Sunway Velocity Mall.
In the case of the BAD LAB BRAWL Tekken 7 tournament, the duels will be hosted locally at the event itself, with the first day kicking off alongside BAD DUEL tournament. Further, players in the top eight placings will be fighting for the grand prize on the second day.

On the subject of prizes, the BAD DUEL Dota 2 tournament features a total prize pool of RM4000, while BAD LAB BRAWL Tekken 7 has a prize pool of RM2000. Additionally, all prizes include merchandise from BAD LAB.
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ASUS ZenBook Duo And ZenBook Pro Duo Officially Land In Malaysia; Starts From RM4699

It’s been nearly half a year since ASUS introduced its ZenBook Duo and Zenbook Pro Duo to the world at Computex 2019. Today, the Taiwanese brand officially launched both notebooks in Malaysia.
To recap, both the Duo and Pro Duo are notebooks with a unique two-display design;. The second display, officially known as the ScreenPad Plus, occupies the upper half of the notebook’s base, and varies between Full HD or 4K resolutions, depending on the model.

Specs-wise, users have a choice between a 10th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, 8GB or 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe PCIe Gen3 storage with an additional NVMe expansion slot. an NVIDIA GeForce MX2590 GPU, and the usual accouterment USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI ports. For its main display, the Duo sport a 14-inch Full HD display, but does not support multi-touch.
Moving up the ladder, the ZenBook Pro Duo clearly promises a more immersive experience and comes with the chops to prove it. The main 15.6-inch display has a maximum resolution of 4K (3840 x 2160), as the ScreenPad Plus sitting below it.

Depending on your personal preference, the CPU is either a 9th generation Core i7-9750H or Core i9-9980HK, and both come with 32GB DDR4 RAM by default. The highlight of the Pro Duo, is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU nestled within. That makes its an ideal device for heavy-duty users, be it for gaming and 3D or professional design.

Regardless of the variants, both the Duo and Duo Pro are capable of utilising the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, thanks on no small part to the Intel Gig+ module inside them.
Naturally, and as you would expect, neither the ZenBook Duo and Pro Duo are going to come cheap. The ZenBook Duo with the Core i5 CPU will retail for RM4699, while the model with the Core i7 CPU will set you back RM5699.

As for the ZenBook Pro Duo, the model with the Core i7-9750H processor will cost a steep RM12999. However, the top-of-the-line variant of the Pro Duo comes with a hefty pricetag of RM15999.
Both the ASUS ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Pro Duo are already available for purchase at all authorised ASUS resellers and stores.
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Surface Laptop 3 Pre-Order In Malaysia Begins Today; Price Starts From RM 4,499

In a rather surprising move by the company, Microsoft today has announcement Malaysian consumers are now able to pre-order most of its brand-new 2019 Surface devices starting from today onwards. Among the products in the list is the Surface Laptop 3, inclusive of both 13.5 and 15-inch variants.
Naturally, the price for each of them depends on the processor, RAM, and storage that you prefer to have for your Surface Laptop 3. For example, the 13.5-inch variant comes in three models:
RM 4,499: Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Intel Core i5-1035G7 + 8GB RAM + 128GB SSD:
RM 5,699: Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Intel Core i5-1035G7 + 8GB RAM + 256GB SSD:
RM 7,099: Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Intel Core i7-1065G7 + 16GB RAM + 256GB SSD
As for the Surface Laptop 3 with 15-inch display, it only comes with one specification for the time being, which inclusive of the custom-made AMD Ryzen 5 3580U Microsoft Surface Edition chip as well as 8GB RAM and 256GB solid state drive. This particular model can be obtained for RM 6,799.
Colour-wise, only the Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 128GB can be obtained in Platinum which also features Alcantara-based palm rest. Other variants including the 15-inch model will be available in just Matte Black which offers metal palm rest.
As mentioned earlier, the pre-order for Surface Laptop 3 begins from today onwards while their general retail availability will take place starting from 9 December onwards. For further details, head on to Surface’s official website for Malaysia right here.
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Motorola Razr Gets One Last Leak Before Launch

The Motorola Razr is meant to be announced today, which is still 13 November for those in the US. But before the phone goes through its official unveiling, it has gone through one last leak, giving us the best look of the phone yet. This time, the leak came courtesy of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC listing essentially shows the phone from every viewable angle leaving little surprises left where external features are concerned. Shots from the front finally confirm the earlier leak that the Motorola Razr will indeed feature a foldable display. New shots showing the bottom of the phone also reveals that the Razr will come with a USB-C charging port.

All that said, there are a number of oddities to note. One is the prominent protrusion of the hinges. MySmartPrice, the first to spot the FCC listing, states that this could be a shots of a pre-production sample. Hopefully this is true, and the consumer unit looks more polished.
There’s also the matter of the button on the bottom chin of the Razr. As of now, there’s no indication as to what it does, though chances are it’s a home button / fingerprint sensor hybrid. The front of the phone when folded comes with a single camera, but the reflective finish makes it difficult to tell if there will indeed be another display here.
At any rate, the Motorola Razr is slated to be launched today. It won’t be long before the company reveals all of the phone’s details.
(Source: FCC via MySmartPrice)
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Star Wars: Did Luke Hide the Truth About Kylo Ren From Princess Leia?

Perhaps the most intriguing plotline in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Kylo Ren’s backstory. Luke — who was training Ben Solo AKA Kylo Ren at the time — sensed a little bit of darkness and conflict inside his nephew while he was sleeping. And in a moment of weakness, he ignited his lightsaber with a fleeting thought of ending Ben Solo right then and there. The future Kylo Ren suddenly wakes up and sees his dearest uncle holding an ignited lightsaber. Heartbroken and feeling betrayed he destroys the entire place and runs away, joining the dark side.
It’s these sequence of events that leads Luke to exile himself and block out the Force. The question is, did Luke actually inform Ben Solo’s parents of this truth or do Princess Leia and Han Solo actually think that their son just decided to betray the family and join forces with Supreme Leader Snoke and the First Order? Rebecca Roanhorse’s Star Wars novel, Resistance Reborn just might’ve given us a little insight. The following excerpt from the novel details a conversation between Rey and Leia after the events of The Last Jedi.
“Kylo Ren. He’s your son…”
Ah. Leia nodded and drank from her now cooling cup. Rey squirmed uncomfortably in her seat.
“What happened to him?” she finally asked. “I mean, how did he turn to the dark side? He started in the light, didn’t he? He told me a story about Luke, about his training.” She exhaled. “I guess I just want to understand.“
“I do, too.”
“So you don’t know?”
“I think you would have to ask Ben what happened to him.”
“He wanted me to join him, but I couldn’t. I thought I could help him, but he only wanted me to become like him.”
Rey’s face fell, and Leia could see the pain etched there. The girl cared about Ben, and he had disappointed her. “Ben has made his choices,” Leia said. “No one can save Ben but himself. And I don’t know if that is what he wants.”

There are a couple of interesting things to extrapolate from the above. One, it doesn’t seem like Leia knows exactly what made her son turn to the Darkside. Of course, she could be just bottling everything in. Or maybe she just doesn’t want to talk to Rey about it. But assuming that she doesn’t know, it definitely adds new layers to the already intriguing character writing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Imagine living day in day out thinking that your son betrayed the family for no good reason, when it fact it was your own brother who (accidentally) pushed him over the edge.
On top of that, the excerpt does make me wonder if they’ll dive deeper into Kylo Ren’s darkness in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? And perhaps it’s this discourse that would help fuel Kylo Ren’s redemption arc.
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Motorola Razr Now Official; To Enter Markets In 2020 For US$1499

Motorola has announced its Razr foldable phone right on schedule. After a number of leaks, including one just before the launch, the iconic clamshell phone is officially making a comeback with a foldable display.
On the outside, the Motorola Razr has its foldable Flex View pOLED display that measures in at 6.2 inches. It also comes in an odd 2142 x 876 resolution. When folded, a secondary 2.7-inch 600 x 800 Quick View display sits on the outside. This is also a touch display, allowing you to see notifications, and also respond to them without flipping the phone open. The phone also comes with a fingerprint sensor. While not specified where exactly, it’s likely the button at the bottom chin.
Motorola says on its product page that the phone will also come with splash proofing and limited water resistance. That said, the company stopped short of putting an actual IP rating. For what it’s worth, Motorola says the Razr can at least take calls in the rain. But it looks like the protruding hinge is here to stay.

The Razr also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, as earlier rumours suggested. It also has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and runs stock Android 9 Pie out of the box. The battery that powers the phone is rated at 2510mAh.
In terms of camera, the Razr only has a single 16MP main camera, which is quite rare these days. While it doesn’t really look like it, the phone also comes with a 5MP front-facing camera. It’s located next to the earpiece within the display notch.
The Motorola Razr launched with a price tag of US$1499 (~RM6234), and will be available next year. This includes the Asia region, and hopefully Malaysia is in the list. That said, there’s no exact date for when that is, nor is there an exact localised price for it just yet.
(Source: Motorola via Android Authority)
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Game Freak: No Plans To Add Missing Pokemon Into Sword and Shield

Pokemon developer Game Freak has been under fire for the past few months since the announcing that the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield will not feature every Pokemon. Recently, Junichi Masuda, the producer for the game says that there are no plans to add the missing Pokemon into the game.
The news came from a Dutch gaming site, Inside Gamer, where Masuda mentioned that the move to not include every Pokemon in the game is an approach to be continued in future Pokemon games. This is also the first time that a Pokemon game doesn’t feature the whole Pokedex from the previous generations.

Game Freak has been subject to heavy criticism due to the Pokedex matter. Currently, it is known that the upcoming game will only have its Galar region Pokedex, which only includes a limited amount of older Pokemon. Over 500 Pokemon will not return into the franchise.
Additionally, there is a rumour on Reddit describing a catch restriction”. A Redditor pointed out that a streamer showcasing the game “came across a level 28 Sneasel but wasn’t able to try and catch it since it was above level 25.”.

On a side note, Game Freak also cancelled the Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event scheduled for next week in Tokyo. According to the game developer, the event was cancelled due to “operational reasons”.
Nonetheless, Pokemon Sword and Shield is still scheduled to launch on 15 November exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Currently, you can pre-order the game on the Nintendo eShop at a cost of US$59.99 (~RM249).
(Source: VGC, GameSpot, Reddit, Nintendo [1][2] // Image: Nintendo)

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Game Freak: No Plans To Add Missing Pokemon In Sword and Shield

Pokemon developer Game Freak has been under fire for the past few months since the announcing that the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield will not feature every Pokemon. Recently, Junichi Masuda, the producer for the game says that there are no plans to add the missing Pokemon into the game.
The news came from a Dutch gaming site, Inside Gamer, where Masuda mentioned that the move to not include every Pokemon in the game is an approach to be continued in future Pokemon games. This is also the first time that a Pokemon game doesn’t feature the whole Pokedex from the previous generations.

Game Freak has been subject to heavy criticism due to the Pokedex matter. Currently, it is known that the upcoming game will only have its Galar region Pokedex, which only includes a limited amount of older Pokemon. Over 500 Pokemon will not return into the franchise.
Additionally, there is a rumour on Reddit describing a catch restriction”. A Redditor pointed out that a streamer showcasing the game “came across a level 28 Sneasel but wasn’t able to try and catch it since it was above level 25.”.

On a side note, Game Freak also cancelled the Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event scheduled for next week in Tokyo. According to the game developer, the event was cancelled due to “operational reasons”.
Nonetheless, Pokemon Sword and Shield is still scheduled to launch on 15 November exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Currently, you can pre-order the game on the Nintendo eShop at a cost of US$59.99 (~RM249).
(Source: VGC, GameSpot, Reddit, Nintendo [1][2] // Image: Nintendo)

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The Batman: Andy Serkis Confirmed as Alfred Pennyworth

Last week we reported that Andy Serkis, known for his motion-capture roles as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy was in talks to play Wayne family butler and Bruce Wayne’s voice of reason, Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman. Now, the director of The Batman, Matt Reeves has made the news official. Reeves confirmed the news on his Twitter account saying “here comes Alfred,” along with a funny GIF of Andy Serkis running down the red carpet.

And here comes #Alfred ! 🦇 pic.twitter.com/Mxds0m6sqa
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) November 13, 2019

The Batman is easily one of the most exciting comic book movie projects in recent memory. Serkis joins an already supremely stacked cast consisting of Robert Pattinson (awesome in all the indie movies he’s starred in), who’s set to play the titular caped crusader, Paul Dano (Prisoners) as The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts) as Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Commissioner Gordon. It’s also reported that Colin Ferrel is currently in talks to play another iconic Batman villain, Penguin.

Not only is the cast stacked, but Matt Reeves is also a bloody brilliant director. His work on the latter two Planet of the Apes films, Dawn and War, was simply phenomenal, crafting dense and poetic character dramas that are emotionally affecting. Reeves has said that his Batman film will be a neo-noir that focuses on Batman as the world’s greatest detective, something the vigilante is known for in the comics.
This is enticing. Imagine watching a crime-thriller in the vein of David Fincher’s Se7en, in which Batman and Jim Gordon have to work together to investigate and find a serial killer who’s toying with them by leaving behind riddles in every murder scene. My word, that could be something really special.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman will begin filming this November/December and is set for a summer 2021 release.
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