BlackBerry Messenger For Consumers To Shut Down On 31 May 2019

When was the last time you heard BlackBerry Messenger’s name? Chances are that some of you out there never even heard of the pioneering mobile instant messaging (IM) service which unfortunately will be heading into the sunset by the end of next month.
BBM, as it fondly called by many, is not exactly in the same state as per its heyday though. When the Indonesian company Emtek took over the responsibility for the consumer edition of the messaging service, it was added with additional features including games and channels as well as ads.
BBM for iPhone, back in 2013.
Despite that, BBM still not able to overcome the challenges that it faced against the newer generation of IM services such as WhatsApp, Line, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and many more. In the end, we guess maybe it is indeed time to let it go.
For users that still not able to forego BBM, BlackBerry has announced that the BBM’s enterprise counterpart, BBMe is now available to individuals. Do note that it does come with a subscription fee, although it can be used for free for the first 1-year.
(Source: BBM, BlackBerry.)
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5G Malaysia Showcase Is Now Officially Open In Putrajaya

Today marked a new chapter for the telecommunication segment in our country as the 5G Malaysia Showcase has officially opened its doors in Putrajaya earlier today. The event which will be opened to the public this weekend generally represents the government commitment to the next generation telecommunication technology.
Taking place at Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya, the showcase is hosted by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). As you might have heard from our previous reports regarding the event, 12 organizations from the local telecommunication industry have set up their booth at the showcase.

While we might have discussed the throughput speed of 5G networks that belonged to some of the telcos that are present at the showcase, it is not exactly the main focus of the event. Instead, the 5G Malaysia Showcase is more about 5G-fueled technologies (both present and future) and the potential benefits that they might be able to bring to the masses.
These demonstrations are generally grouped into eight different categories including Healthcare, Media and Entertainment, Education, Smart Cities, Agriculture, Automotive, Public Safety, and Manufacturing. Supplementing the 5G Malaysia Showcase is the Digital Outlook Series talks and MCMC myMaker Fair showcase.
Opens from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, members of the public are more than welcome to experience 5G and potential future technologies powered by it at Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya on 20 and 21 April. Further information is available at the official website for the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan.
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All Avengers: Endgame Spoilers Can Be Blocked by Using an Extension Invented by a Malaysian

We’re just a few days away from Avengers: Endgame. Despite the efforts by Marvel Studios, leaked footage from the finale of the Infinity Sagahave started to circulate online. On top of that, you can bet that next week, when the movie finally graces the big screens, trolls and inconsiderate fans who have watched the film on the first day would immediately start posting spoilers all over social media.
A couple of days ago, the directors of Endgame Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to share a letter urging fans who have watched the movie earlier to not spoil it for their friends.

#DontSpoilTheEndgame pic.twitter.com/YZhbrwcijJ
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 16, 2019

But spoilers and leaked footage aside, people are also going to be sharing their reactions and excitement after watching the film; Marvel Studios and theatre chains are going to amp up the marketing with multiple TV spots and short clips, and media platforms are going to be publishing reviews and feature-length articles. So what if you’re someone who wants to stay clear of all of that until you’ve actually watched the movie? Well, it looks like one Malaysian just came up with a solution.
Ng Khai Hong created a ‘No Spoilers’ Chrome extension that automatically blurs out all posts on Avengers: Endgame.
Image source: Says.com
We tested out the extension and what do you know? It works really well. Check out the image below:
WITHOUT EXTENSION vs WITH EXTENSION
The extension basically blurs out any Facebook posts with mentions of ‘Endgame’. However, note that this extension only works on Facebook posts. It doesn’t block posts on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or on websites themselves.
Click here to download the extension.
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.

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First Episode Of Game Of Thrones Season 8 Pirated Almost 55 Million Times During First 24 Hours

Game of Thrones Season 8 premiered over the weekend. The first episode was watched by over 17.4 million people through official channels, but another number has it dwarfed. Thanks to online pirates, the episode was downloaded through illegal means almost 55 million.
The numbers came courtesy of analytics firm MUSO, via The Verge. Of the massive number of illegal viewings, around 76.6% of them were from unofficial streams of the episode, with web downloads constituting 12.2% of the number. As for torrents, public torrents make up 10.8% of the number, while the remaining 0.5% are of private torrents.

According to MUSO’s data, most of the pirates are from India, contributing around 10 million views. This is followed by China, with roughly five million views. While these countries have difficulty getting access to the show – the latter only getting censored versions officially – the US, with the easiest access to HBO legally, is in third place, contributing almost four million illegal views to the tally.
For those who would like to catch the final season of Game of Thrones, there are ways to do so without contributing to the number of pirated views. A HBO Game of Thrones Pass is available via both Astro and NJOI, which will not only give you access to the final season, but also the earlier seven seasons as well.
(Source: The Verge)
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NVIDIA Expands List Of G-Sync Compatible Monitors; Adds Seven More Models

Back at CES 2019 earlier this year, NVIDIA promised to release patch that would enable FreeSync gaming monitors to make use of the brand’s G-Sync anti-tearing display technology. Recently, the company expanded its list of G-Sync compatible monitors by seven new models.
The latest additions now bring the total number of G-Sync compatible monitors to 19. Below are the models that were approved by NVIDIA:

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Acer XF240H Bmjdpr
Acer XF270H Bbmiiprx
AOPEN 27HC1R Pbidpx
ASUS VG248QG
Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD
LG 27GK750F

FreeSync, or Adaptive Sync, is a form of monitor refresh rate created by NVIDIA’s direct competitor, AMD. Much like G-Sync and V-Sync, the technology eliminates any form of screen tearing in all games via a dedicated AMD Radeon GPU.

But that’s where the differences between the two technologies end. Unlike FreeSync, NVIDIA’s G-Sync is proprietary; for a monitor to make full use of it, manufacturers are required to install NVIDIA’s G-Sync modules into said displays. They also have to pay a licensing fee to NVIDIA, which is basically why almost all G-Sync monitors cost an arm and a leg.
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Deadpool Will Remain R-Rated Even at Disney

The most exciting aspect of the Disney-Fox acquisition is that the likes of X-Men and Fantastic Four are now back home where they belong. This opens up a world of possibilities. Imagine the Fantastic Four fighting alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy. Picture the X-Men taking on the Avengers. But the acquisition also got a lot of people worried about one character in particular and his name is Deadpool. The Deadpool movies have thus far been R-rated, as they should be, filled with ultra-violence and crude humour.
Would Disney allow such a character to live on under their banner? Or would we be getting a toned down, PG-13 version instead? Well, it looks like we need not worry. In an interview with Variety, Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige said that Deadpool would remain as R-rated as it’s ever been.
“When we were purchased, Bob [Iger] said to us, ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?”

While not many details have been disclosed just yet, I speculate that Deadpool and the X-Force will be kept separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and continue to feature in smaller budgeted R-rated movies, under a different banner. However, this doesn’t automatically mean that we’ll be getting a whole slew of R-rated comic book movies with various characters. Variety also reports that Feige said it “remains to be seen” if the studio will start making R-rated adventures such as Logan.
(Source: Variety)
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Ubisoft Is Giving Assassin’s Creed Unity For Free In Light Of Notre Dame Cathedral Blaze

By now, you’ll already know of the inferno that consumed the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Reducing its roof and spire into ash. While it’s possible to have the iconic landmark restored, we have no idea if and when that’s happening. But for now, Ubisoft is letting us explore the medieval structure virtually by giving away Assassin’s Creed Unity for free, for a limited time.
Between 10PM of 17 April and 3PM of 25 April – Ubisoft is kind enough to adjust this time to the local time of wherever you are – the game will be available for download. This is limited to the PC version of the game, though. That said, it’s permanently yours once you claim it within this time frame.

In solidarity with everyone moved by Monday's events we’re donating to the restoration of Notre-Dame & giving you the chance to play @AssassinsCreed Unity on Uplay for free.
Details below:
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) April 17, 2019

For context, Assassin’s Creed Unity is the eighth entry in the franchise, and takes place in the city of Paris during the tumultuous period of the French Revolution. The game was riddled with a long list of glitches and bugs when it released back in 2014, but Ubisoft has since patched those issues.
At any rate, be sure to claim your free game from Ubisoft via its giveaway page here. Of course, being the PC version of the game, you’ll need download Ubisoft’s Uplay game launcher to play it.
(Source: Ubisoft [1], [2])
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Facebook Uploaded Email Contacts of Up To 1.5 Million Users; Claims It Was An Unintentional

Facebook recently stated that the company has stopped using email password verification as a method to verify users when they first signed up for Facebook. As it turns out, the email contacts of 1.5 million people have been uploaded to Facebook through this method.
Facebook clarifies that these contacts were not shared with anyone and that the social media platform is in the process of deleting them. It will also notify users that are affected by this issue.

According to Business Insider, a security researcher first noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter the password for their emails during the signup process. Once they complied, it will then lead to a popup message that said “importing“, without prompting you for permission. The email contacts were apparently used to build Facebook’s social connections and to recommend friends for users to add.
This incident is yet another example of questionable privacy policies that Facebook might have practised. Prior to this, it has also been revealed that the company was saving user passwords in plain text, as well as sharing user data with other companies.
(Source: Business Insider.)
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TM Activates The 60GB Quota On unifi Basic Customers: Add-On Data Passes Available From RM 10

Back in January this year, we have discovered that TM has increased the throttle speed for its unifi Basic 30Mbps plan as well as the pricing for the plan’s add-on passes. At the time though, TM has stated that it has yet to implement the quota system on unifi Basic customers.
However, that has changed recently as we noticed the existence of this section within the Dashboard section of unifi’s Self-Care website:

There is also the SMS notification that the system automatically sends to customers when their data usages have reached 80% of the available quota:

After reaching out to TM, we have since learned from unifi’s team that the quota and add-on system for unifi Basic already active since 27 March 2019. With that, unifi Basic’s customers might want to be wary of their data consumption from now on.
To learn more about unifi Basic’s add-on passes, head on to its official website right here.
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J.J. Abrams Says There’s More to Rey’s Parentage Than What We Saw in The Last Jedi

One of the more controversial aspects of The Last Jedi is the story of Rey’s parentage. After Star Wars: The Force Awakens, most fans began to theorise about the titular character’s background. After all, Rey received visions the moment she touched Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, and Maz Kanata’s cryptic words — “a story for another time” — seem to point towards a Jon Snow in Game of Thrones type of situation. Some wondered if Rey’s father was Luke, others figured she could be Obi-Wan’s granddaughter. However, in Rian Johnson’s sequel, it was revealed that Rey’s parents were nothing but filthy junk traders who sold her off for drinking money.

This rubbed half the fan base the wrong way, while the other half loved the idea of Rey being a nobody. Great people do not have to come from greatness. However, it looks like there’s more to the mystery than what was revealed in The Last Jedi. In an interview with ABC, J.J. Abrams revealed that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will continue to explore the mystery surrounding Rey’s parents.
“I will say that we knew, going into this, that this movie, it had to be a satisfying conclusion. And we were well aware that that’s one of the things that’s been out there. I don’t want to say that what happens in Episode 8 didn’t happen. We have honoured that. But I will say that there’s more to the story than you’ve seen.”

The first thing that pops into mind is that Kylo Ren was lying in The Last Jedi. But that wouldn’t make a lot of sense considering it was Rey who first tells Kylo, “they’re nobodies.” So perhaps someone gave Rey away to filthy junk traders to protect her, almost akin to Ned Stark adopting the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen but telling everyone it’s his bastard.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas this December.
(Source: ABC)
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