Did JJ Abrams Finally Criticises Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what people’s thoughts are on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Perhaps it’s the complexity and tone of the film that have caused people to develop a complicated relationship with the Rian Johnson picture. Take JJ Abrams for example, who for months has been showering the film with nothing but praises.
The director of The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker praised Rian Johnson’s creative and bold approach and said that the eighth episode of Star Wars motivated him to step out of his comfort zone when directing Episode IX. Later, Abrams praised Johnson’s ability to subvert our expectations. However, in a recent interview with the New York Times, JJ Abrams did share a problem he has with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He said:
[It’s great that the film] is full of surprises and subversion and all sorts of bold choices. On the other hand, it’s a bit of a meta approach to the story. I don’t think that people go to ‘Star Wars’ to be told, “This doesn’t matter.”

That’s certainly an interesting take by JJ Abrams, though, it’s not one I necessarily agree with. The Last Jedi isn’t a meta film but a philosophical deconstruction of the universe.
But that’s what’s really interesting about the film, isn’t it? The polarising nature of it. That said, as much as I love The Last Jedi, I do hope Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker manages to bridge the gap between the divided fanbase.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas 19 December.
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Did JJ Abrams Finally Criticise Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what people’s thoughts are on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Perhaps it’s the complexity and tone of the film that have caused people to develop a complicated relationship with the Rian Johnson picture. Take JJ Abrams for example, who for months has been showering the film with nothing but praises.
The director of The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker praised Rian Johnson’s creative and bold approach and said that the eighth episode of Star Wars motivated him to step out of his comfort zone when directing Episode IX. Later, Abrams praised Johnson’s ability to subvert our expectations. However, in a recent interview with the New York Times, JJ Abrams did share a problem he has with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He said:
[It’s great that the film] is full of surprises and subversion and all sorts of bold choices. On the other hand, it’s a bit of a meta approach to the story. I don’t think that people go to ‘Star Wars’ to be told, “This doesn’t matter.”

That’s certainly an interesting take by JJ Abrams, though, it’s not one I necessarily agree with. The Last Jedi isn’t a meta film but a philosophical deconstruction of the universe.
But that’s what’s really interesting about the film, isn’t it? The polarising nature of it. That said, as much as I love The Last Jedi, I do hope Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker manages to bridge the gap between the divided fanbase.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas 19 December.
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The Game Awards Introduces The Game Festival; Try Game Demos Through Steam For 48 Hours

By now, you’ve probably have heard of The Game Awards, one of the biggest award shows for video games. Its founder, Geoff Keighley, has announced The Game Festival, an online event that takes place on Steam for 48 hours, before the main event itself.
The idea is that, like physically attending a games event, you get to play first-look demos for a few games. There are at least 13 titles that you can preview for two days on Steam. They will be free to try, so no sense in passing on them while you can.

Today I'm introducing a brand new aspect of #TheGameAwards It's called #TheGameFestival, and tomorrow for 48 hours, you'll get to play 12 new game demos for the first time on @Steam. More details: https://t.co/k4n3guyJxc
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 11, 2019

As for when you’ll actually be able to play them, the 48-hour window starts at 2AM local time on Friday. Here’s a list of demos that will be available as part of the pilot Game Festival:

System Shock (Nightdive Studios)
Eastward (Pixpil/Chucklefish)
Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus)
Moving Out (SMG Studio/Devm Games/Team17)
Röki (Polygon Treehouse/United Label)
Chicory (Greg Lobanov)
Wooden Nickel (Brain&Brain)
Haven (The Game Bakers)
Heavenly Bodies (2pt Interactive)
Acid Knife (Powerhoof)
The Drifter (Powerhoof)
CARRION (Phobia/Devolver)
SkateBIRD (Glass Bottom Games)

The Game Festival is, according to Keighley, the next step for The Game Awards. Speaking of which, The Game Awards starts at 9.30AM local time, and can be streamed on Steam in 4K. There’s also a Game Awards Sale that will be happening on the digital platform.
(Source: Geoff Keighley / Medium via PC Gamer)
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Machines 12.12 Sale Is Now Live; Apple iPhones From Only RM999

Not to worry if you missed out on Machines’ 11.11 sale last month. The store is currently having its online-only 12.12 promotion which offers Apple products such as iPhones and MacBooks on discount yet again starting today.
This time around, Machine’s 12.12 Year End sale is offering even higher discounts for the iPhone XS 512GB at only RM3999, the iPhone XS Max 512GB at RM4299, while its 256GB variant is at RM3899. Newly included is the iPhone XR which is now discounted at only RM3079.
Other Apple smartphone products include the iPhone 8 Plus 256GB at RM3099, iPhone 8 256GB at RM2399, iPhone 7 Plus 128GB at RM1999, iPhone 6s Plus 32GB at RM1099, and iPhone 6s 32GB at RM999.

Machines are also placing a variety of Apple laptops on sale with the MacBook Pro 15-inch 512GB discounted at RM9999 while its 256GB variant at RM8999, MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina at RM4999, MacBook Air 13-inch with Retina at RM4999, and MacBook 12-inch with Retina 256GB at RM3999.
Other products include Apple iPads with the 9.7-inch Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model going for RM2199 and the Wi-Fi only 32GB variant at RM1249, Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen 128GB at RM699, Apple Watch Series 2 38mm Stainless Steel at RM1799, and much more.

The Machines 12.12 Year End Sale is happening now until 15 December 2019, and is exclusive to its online store only. Check out their official website linked below to see what other Apple products are on sale.
(Source: Machines Online Store.)
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OPPO Enco Free True Wireless Earbuds Unveiled

More smartphone makers such as Honor, Xiaomi and realme are hopping on the true wireless earbuds bandwagon. Expected to be launched together with the Reno 3 smartphone in late December, OPPO revealed that it will also introduce their new true wireless earbuds, the Enco Free.
The OPPO Enco Free takes a page from Apple Airpods’ book in terms of design, and will be released in three colours: White, Black and Pink. It also comes with a charging case that features an LED light on its front and a pairing button on its right side.
Aside from the teaser images, OPPO did not reveal any of the Enco Free’s specifications or features. However, the teaser image showcasing the pink version reveals that one of its earbuds features an adjustable half-in-ear design which suggests that the Enco Free will come with additional in-ear tips for users preference.

The prices for OPPO’s true wireless earbuds are expected to be revealed during its launch in China on 26 December, alongside the company’s upcoming OPPO Reno 3.
(Source: Sparrow News.)
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HMD Global Unveils Nokia C1; A New Android 9 Go Phone

HMD Global has announced a new Android Go phone in the form of the Nokia C1. It has quite a few things in common with another phone from the brand, the Nokia 1 Plus.
To start, the Nokia C1 comes with a 5.45-inch FWVGA IPS display, an unnamed quad core 1.3GHz chipset, and 1GB OF RAM. It has 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable by 64GB via microSD. All this is powered by a 2500mAh battery.

As you’d expect from an Android Go phone, the phone is more on the modest side when it comes to cameras. It features a 5MP shooter at the back, and another 5MP camera in front.
The Nokia C1 supports dual sim, but not 4G LTE. This may have something to do with the fact that the phone is aimed at emerging markets. According to GSMArena, the phone launched in Kenya for KES6000 (~RM245). It will soon be launched in Kenya and other countries, but no word if Malaysia is in the list.
(Source: Nokia Kenya via GSMArena)
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Apple Pro Display XDR Now In Malaysia For RM 19,999; Stand Available Separately For RM 4,499

While the 2019 Apple Mac Pro is not yet available for purchase in Malaysia even though we already know its base price tag, the display that is designed to go along with the machine is already here though. Yes, that is correct: the new Apple Pro Display XDR can now be obtained through Apple Malaysia’s online store.
For those who missed its unveiling a few months ago at WWDC 2019, the Pro Display XDR is said to be the largest Retina Display that Apple has produced. Featuring a 32-inch IPS panel with native resolution of 6016 x 3384, the display also has peak brightness of 1600 nits together with true 10-bit depth and P3 wide colour gamut.

Not only that, the back of the Pro Display XDR also has the same lattice design as per the 2019 Mac Pro. In terms of pricing, the version with standard glass is listed at RM 19,999 while the model with nano-texture glass costs much higher at RM 25,999.
Meanwhile, do note that the Pro Display XDR doesn’t come with a stand. Hence, you need to purchase it separately in which equals to an additional RM 4,499 to your bill.
(Source: Apple Malaysia.)
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Xiaomi Introduces RedmiBook 13 with 10th Gen Intel Core Processor

Alongside the recent launch of Redmi K30 and K30 5G, Xiaomi has also launched yet another new device in the form of RedmiBook 13. In many way, the launch mirrored the unveiling of Redmi K20 series earlier this year which also saw the announcement of RedmiBook 14.
Just like its older sibling, the new RedmiBook 13 comes standard with 10th Gen Intel Core processor. Specifically, it can be obtained with either Intel Core i5-10210U or Core i7-10510U.
Equipped with 13.3-inch Full HD display that has 89% screen-to-body ratio, both RedmiBook 13 variants also come standard with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics that is accompanied by 2GB GDDR5 VRAM. Both models are also equipped with 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM and 512GB SATA solid state drive as standard.
Built with keyboard that apparently has a travel distance of 1.3mm, the 1.23 kg laptop is also equipped with a pair of speakers that was tuned by Harman and enhanced by DTS Audio. A 40Whr battery that provides up to 11 hours of operational time completes its general specifications.
Price-wise, the RedmiBook 13 with Core i5 goes for CNY 4,799 (~RM 2,840) while the Core i7 is listed at CNY 5,499 (~RM 3,254). As per previous laptops from Xiaomi, the company didn’t reveal any plan to offer the new RedmiBook 13 in Malaysia for the time being.
(Source: Xiaomi China.)
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Apple Mac Pro Price In Malaysia Starts At RM 25,999

Originally announced by Apple in early June, it took the company around six months to finally reveal the pricing of Mac Pro for Malaysia. Be warned though: it is not for those that faint-hearted because you might be shocked to see just the base price alone.
As per its name, the Mac Pro is designed for professionals out there that require a huge amount of firepower to get their task done. It can be configured to have up to Intel Xeon W 28-core 56-thread CPU, two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics cards, 1.5TB DDR4-2933 ECC RAM, 8TB solid state drive, and 1280W power supply.

In terms of base price, the tower variant of the new Mac Pro is listed at RM 25,999. If you prefer to have your hands on the rack variant, it will set you at least RM 27,999. We would love to try and configure the specs to see how much a fully tricked-out Mac Pro would cost in Malaysia but the customization option on Apple Malaysia’s website is still being greyed out at the time this article is published.
Apple also has not revealed the release date of Mac Pro for our market just yet. With that, we will keep you posted once we hear any updates from the company regarding the release of Mac Pro in Malaysia.
(Source: Apple Malaysia.)
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You Can Now Trade Your MAS Enrich Miles For Lazada Vouchers In Time For 12.12 Sale

If you’ve been raking up more than enough Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) Miles points for your travels and have not decided on using them, here’s an option for you to consider. Announced yesterday on the airlines’ website, MAS Enrich users can now use their Miles points to claim vouchers for their 12.12 Sale shopping on Lazada.
According to MAS, users can claim a RM50 e-Lazada Voucher for 4000 Miles starting today until 31 December 2019. Each Enrich member could claim up to a maximum of 5 voucher codes which are subject to availability. Also keep in mind that the vouchers are valid for usage only on Lazada Malaysia’s mobile application during this campaign period.

To claim the vouchers, users are required to log in to their Enrich accounts on MAS’ website, select “Redeem – Lifestyle Voucher” in the menu, and then select “Lazada”. From there, all that’s left is selecting and confirming the amount of vouchers to redeem. Of course, Enrich users are required to have more than 4000 Miles points if they wish to claim more than one voucher code.

So if you’re not saving your Enrich Miles for future travels or have plenty to spare, you could consider using them for Lazada’s 12.12 Sale instead.
(Source: Malaysia Airlines.)
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