The Conjuring 3 Title and Synopsis Revealed

I don’t think New Line/Warner Bros could’ve predicted the phenomenon The Conjuring would go on to become when they released the film back in July 2013. In many ways, James Wan’s film revitalised the mainstream supernatural horror genre and made it popular again, for better or worse. Six years in, we’ve not only gotten two Conjuring films but an entire universe built around them, which includes three Annabelle movies, The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona, all of which have garnered varying degrees of success at the global box office.
2020 will see the release of the ninth film in the franchise and the third instalment in the core The Conjuring series, titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. At first glance, the subtitle feels unnecessarily lengthy and over the top, but there is a point to it. The film will follow the very real case of a the first murder suspect in US history to claim ‘demonic possession’ as his defence in court.

The film is directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) from a script by David Leslie Johnson. This is the first core Conjuring film that doesn’t have James Wan at the helm, nor is it written by Wan’s usual collaborators, Chad and Carey Hayes. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as Ed and Loraine Warren.
Check out the official synopsis of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It –
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence.
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Huawei Smart Life Packages Offers Selection of Devices From RM8.97 A Day

As the year winds down to a close, Huawei is taking the opportunity to offer consumers a chance to own a selection of its products via its “Together 2020” Huawei Smart Life Package offers. The package gives consumers the option of picking from six different combination, ranging from a Sports and Health combination to what Huawei is calling a “Smart Fans Flagship” combination.
Pricing for these combinations starts from as low as RM8.97 per day for the Sports and Health combination to as much as RM32.53 per day for the Smart Fans Flagship combination. As you can imagine, the contents of each combination differ from package to package. In the case of the Sports and Health package, you get a Huawei Nova 5T, a 46mm Huawei Watch GT2, a pair of Huawei Freebuds 3, and a Huawei Body Scale.
There’s also the Smart Gamers package that goes for RM25.96 per day, and that comprises a Huawei Mate30 Pro, the Matebook 13 with an Intel Core i7 CPU, the Freebuds 3, and Huawei Q2 Pro. All in all, the combined value of these items totals up to RM9476.

On a related note, Huawei said that these six packages are some of the options available and that customers can pick-and-mix their packages from a selection of Huawei products. Of course, in order to qualify for per-day installment options, customers will be required to purchase an item with a value of RM500 and above.
Speaking purchases and payments, purchasing an item with a value between RM500 and RM999 entitles customers to a six-month installment plan, while a purchase of an item worth RM1000 onwards entitles customers to pay off their installment plan over 12 months.

In addition, Huawei says that its installment package will have 0% interest rates, as well as 0% processing fees. To make this happen, the brand is working alongside eight banks: AmBank, CIMB, Citibank, Hong Leong Bank, HSBC, MayBank, Public Bank, and OCBC.

The Together 2020 Huawei Smart Life Package offer kicks off today and will continue indefinitely until Huawei makes any further announcements about it. On that note, we also recommend that you head on over to the brand’s official promotion page to learn more about its mechanics and terms.
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GrabFood Now Charges Up To RM 9, Based On Delivery Distance

According to a recent report, Grab Malaysia has apparently changed its delivery charges for GrabFood service from a fixed rate to distance-based system. This was apparently to expand the food options available to consumers.
Prior to this, GrabFood has set its delivery fee as RM 5. With the new system, the fee can now go up to RM 9 depends on the distance of the restaurants or food outlets that customers choose.
Naturally, Grab pointed out that the new tiered system allows the company to compensate its riders better given the distance that they have to go through. While Grab Malaysia has provided a statement to The Star, it actually has yet to directly clarify the changes on its app, website, or social media through.

In fact, the FAQ document regarding GrabFood deliver charge on their website has not yet been updated (shown above) at the time this article is published. Nevertheless, if you somehow found yourself paying more than RM 5 when you order your meal through GrabFood, now you know why.
(Source: The Star.)
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Microsoft Launches Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 In Malaysia; Price Starts From RM 4,499

Two months after they were revealed to the world, Microsoft today has officially launched its latest generation of Surface products in Malaysia. Now available at retails stores throughout Malaysia, the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 pre-order has actually begun a few weeks ago.
At the moment, the Surface Pro 7 can obtain in three different configurations:
RM 5,499: Surface Pro 7 with Intel Core i5-1035G4 + 8GB RAM + 256GB SSD.
RM 6,799: Surface Pro 7 with Intel Core i7-1065G7+ 16GB RAM + 256GB SSD.
RM 8,299: Surface Pro 7 with Intel Core i7-1065G7 + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD.
Microsoft is also planning to release Pro 7 with Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 128GB in January 2020 although the company will only reveal its pricing at later date. Same goes for the lower-end variant with Core i3 in which its actual availability and pricing details were not revealed today.

For users that want to complete their Surface Pro experience, they can also obtain the optional Signature Type Cover keyboard which is available for RM 639. Draped in Alcantara, the backlit keyboard is available in Platinum, Ice Blue, and Poppy Red alongside the Black option which doesn’t come with the Alcantara material.
In addition to that, there’s also the Surface Pen which goes for RM 399. This particular accessory allows users to further utilize Surface Pro’s touch screen via highly natural and precise inking experience that is being delivered through the stylus’ 4,096 pressure points and rubber eraser.

Meanwhile, there is also the Surface Laptop 3 which is now available with 13.5-inch and 15-inch display. Complete with support for Surface Pen which is available as optional accessories, here are their configurations and pricing:
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 6,799: Surface Laptop 3 15-inch with AMD Ryzen 5 3580U Microsoft Surface Edition + 8GB RAM + 256GB SSD
RM 7,099: Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch with Intel Core i7-1065G7 + 16GB RAM + 256GB SSD
As mentioned earlier, all of these Surface devices are now readily available at retailers throughout Malaysia such as All IT, Gizmart by PC Image, Gloo by SNS, Harvey Norman, and TMT by Thundermatch. Alternatively, they can also be purchased through Microsoft Malaysia’s online store at Lazada and Shopee.
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FINAS Confirms CEO Ahmad Idham’s Exit

Before we get to the actual meat of the story, let’s do a quick little recap. A few weeks ago, CEO of FINAS, Ahmad Idham came out and urged the government to consider censoring contents on Netflix and other streaming platforms. He claimed that a lot of the content on these platforms could be harmful to the children and youth of Malaysia. Naturally, he received a tsunami of backlash on social media. After all, art censorship is never a good thing, especially when done by the government. Besides, parents can literally filter out content they find inappropriate for their kids, by creating kid/teen-friendly profiles and set up digital locks.
Following his controversial — frankly conservative — statement, it looked like his position as the CEO of FINAS was no longer safe. “Based on the at the current situation, it looks like Ahmad Idham will not be returning to FINAS next March. The reason provided is that he needs some time off to settle personal issues,” some sources claimed.

At the time, FINAS hadn’t confirmed the news. However, in a statement yesterday, FINAS said that Ahmad Idham had requested for his contract which was due in 2021, to be shortened by one year — March 2020.
The FINAS board of directors accepted and approved Idham’s request to shorten his contract to March 10, 2020 for personal reasons.
While the official statement reads “personal reasons,” I highly doubt that is the case, not in its entirety anyway. After all, NST Online quoted him saying the following:
I didn’t apply for this job, it was offered to me. Therefore, I accept whatever decision made.
While Harian Metro, on the other hand, quoted the following (translated):
Yes, I did send a letter to end my contract early, but that decision was made after I received pressure from certain parties.
I think it’s clear that FINAS and/or the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia urged Ahmad Idham to step down, perhaps after realising that he’s not a right fit for the job.
Click here to read why we think media censorship is bad for Malaysians.
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You Can Now Use Touch N’ Go eWallet To Pay For Parking; Works In Five Districts For Now

The Touch N’ Go eWallet can be used to pay for a number of things, but parking was not one of them. That changes today, and you can use it to pay for street parking under five jurisdictions. They are Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, Putrajaya, Kota Bharu and Kuala Langat.
When using the Parking feature on the app, you’ll also be able to get a glance of the parking rates in each area. And when you’re there, the feature will eliminate the need to look for a parking machine. That’s also time saved by not having to return to your car to place the receipt on your dashboard to prove that you’ve paid.

Toucn N’ Go Digital is working with different municipalities to enable this feature in more areas. In the meantime, to promote the use of this feature, the company is offering up to five cashbacks per user. Use the Touch N’ Go eWallet to pay for parking and you’ll get up to a cumulative maximum of RM3 back in your eWallet. This promotion lasts until the end of the month.
While the convenience factor is there, there’s a question of proving that you’ve paid for your street parking spot. Using the app does mean not having to go to a machine, but it also means you don’t get the receipt as proof that you’ve paid. It remains to be seen if there’s a system in place for city council officials to tell that you’ve paid without a physical receipt on your dashboard.
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer Will Remind You of Stranger Things

We’re getting another Ghostbusters movie in 2020! Directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) based on a script co-written by Reitman and debutant Gil Kenan, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a direct sequel to the original two Ghostbusters films that came out in the 80s. And strap on your seatbelts and hold on tight because yes, the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original films, alongside new additions like Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd and Finn Wolfhard (of course). If the trailer is anything to go by, the film will be very reminiscent of Stranger Things and IT.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife synopsis –
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
Check out the intriguing trailer below:

What about the 2016 film?! Well, while the film did receive mostly decent reviews, it did not perform well at the box office at all, grossing a disappointing $US 229 million worldwide, from a $US 144 million budget. So naturally, we weren’t going to get a sequel to that film. However, seeing as we are living in the era of reboots, remakes and sequels, Sony decided to once again go back to the well, this time opting for what seems to be a safer option.
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2K Games And Take-Two Interactive Confirms New Bioshock Is In The Works

It’s been over 6 years since we last saw a Bioshock game – the third and last installment, Bioshock Infinite, was developed by Ken Levine’s now defunct Irrational Games back in 2013. Fortunately, 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive announced that they’ve formed a new studio called Cloud Chamber which will be working on a new installment of the beloved series.
Based in California, Cloud Chamber is helmed by 2K veteren Kelley Gilmore who’ve worked on games such as Civilization and XCOM. Also on board are former Irrational Games members Hoagy de le Plante, Scott Sinclair, and Jonathan Pelling who’ve previously had experience on the previous Bioshock games.

2K Games stated that the new studio has begun development for the new Bioshock title and will be in production for “the next several years” with no exact release date confirmed. Since the game is currently in the early stages of development, it will take some time until the publisher and developer could confirm if we’ll see a return to the underwater city of Rapture, the floating city of Columbia, or expect a totally new setting altogether.
According to the press release, Gilmore stated that she and the newly formed studio are “honoured to be part of the 2K family as stewards of [the Bioshock] franchise.” The new installment by Cloud Chamber is speculated to be released on next generation video game consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett, as well as PC.
(Source: 2K Games & Take-Two Interactive. // Images: 2K Games.)
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Celcom Users May Experience Network Disruptions Until 13 December

If you’re subscribed to Celcom or Xpax, then you may find that the telco’s services is facing a network disruption. This will affect users’ experience when making or receiving calls, as well as mobile internet connectivity. This will also apply to other mobile virtual network operator using its network, such as red ONE, Tune Talk, XOX Mobile and Yoodo.
The network disruption began yesterday, and is expected to to last five days, until 13 December. That said, this will mainly only affect subscribers in some parts of the Klang Valley, Selangor, Johor and Sabah. This is caused by a planned maintenance by Celcom.

Baik, terima kasih. Maaf di atas kesulitan yang dialami. Untuk makluman, ada aktiviti penyelenggaraan rangkaian di kawasan Klang Valley & Selangor, Johor dan Sabah.
— Celcom Axiata (@Celcom) December 9, 2019

Celcom is already working on minimising the impact on consumers by conducting a planned migration to optimise data and voice experience on its network. In a statement, the telco said that this will be done in stages at selected areas.
The telco previously faced network disruptions in September, affecting Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak. That particular episode was not caused by a planned network maintenance, but a double fibre failure. The incident was resolved in a day.
(Source: Celcom / Twitter via SoyaCincau)
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NFCP 2 Is Now Underway; NFCP 1 Licensees To Be Revealed In January 2020

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today has announced that it is ready to announce the licensees of the first National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP 1) infrastructure package in early January 2020. At the same time, the federal communications regulatory body has also revealed that the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase of NFCP 2 has begun last month.
RFP represents the first step for the deployment of NFCP 2 infrastructure package in which licensees have until 31 March 2020 to submit their bids. Despite taking place at different time, the objective of NFCP 1 and NFCP 2 infrastructure packages are identical which is to deliver public cellular network that able to deliver average Internet speed of at least 30Mbps using 3G and 4G technology.

NFCP 1 packages will be rolled out in 153 locations throughout Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Terengganu, and Sabah. For NFCP 2, it will cover 500 additional locations and will also involve Melaka as well as Sarawak in addition to the eight states that we have mentioned earlier.
While both NFCP 1 and NFCP 2 packages will be funded through the Universal Service Provision (USP), the Chairman of MCMC, Al-Ishsal Ishak pointed out that the actual cost will be only revealed when MCMC announce the successful licensees. With that, expect to hear more from MCMC this coming January regarding the rollout of NFCP 1 infrastructure package.
(Source: MCMC – 1.)
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