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ICYMI: Samsung’s Note 9 Is A Hit With M’sians, But Pakatan’s Manifesto Misses The Mark

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Samsung Note 9 Has Launched And The Pre-Order Has Been Sold Out In 4 Days

The Galaxy Note 9 will officially be on sale on 24 August 2018 and it retails at RM3,699 and RM4,599 for the 128GB and 512GB models respectively. The Malaysian market is getting three distinct colour options: Ocean Blue (with a bright yellow S Pen), Metallic Copper, and of course, Midnight Black.

The big-screened 6.4in smartphone looks near identical to its Note 8 predecessor with its edge-to-edge display and glossy IP68-certified chassis, but Samsung is touting a number of upgrades. Since the online pre-order is already gone, for those who are interested, you can still login and register your interest on their website to make a booking.

Nicholas Ker
At the price it’s being sold for, the Note 9 would probably be one of the most reasonably-priced flagships out there, and I appreciate the fact that they’ve gone classic—notch-free. So far, so good.
Justin Lee
Samsung has proven once again why their one of the top phone companies out there. If I had the money I would buy it in a second—it looks so good, especially the Ocean Blue variant.
Dale John Wong
The performance jump in today’s flagship phones versus older ones is mostly incremental, yet people are willing to shell out big bucks for the latest and greatest. I wonder if this’ll change anytime soon?
Venxhin Pang
Note 8 did okay: no issues with the pen getting stuck the wrong way and the battery too. I know, dead horse etc. etc., but someone has to bring up the explosive elephant in the room. We’ll see for the 9.
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M’sia Gov Looking To Implement Policies To Curb Internet Addiction Among Youth

The government is looking at policy models in other countries such as South Korea and Japan to control internet addiction among teenagers and youths including limiting access to internet after midnight.

Deputy Health Minister, Dr Lee Boon Chye said it is important as the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2017 had revealed that 34.9 percent of teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 are addicted to the internet. They might implement policies where those under 17 years of age are limited in using the Internet, from 12am to 6am every day.

Venxhin Pang
Will limiting access to internet really do anything to curb addiction? And more importantly, do we really want to let the government control internet access for any significantly large portion of the population? It’ll be a small step for them to extend the limits to others.

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You Will Be Able To See A Doctor, Buy Medicine, And Book Physicians – All Online With Grab Soon

Grab is continuing on its plans towards becoming Southeast Asia’s “superapp.” It has announced a joint venture with Ping An Good Doctor—a large online healthcare player in China.

The partnership aims to provide several services, including medicine delivery and appointment bookings. The platform will launch in a few countries in the first quarter of 2019, and will use GrabPay to complete transactions. The new service is developed using GrabPlatform, a set of technologies that allows partners to leverage Grab’s user base, drivers, and technology.

Dale John Wong
This was only a matter of when and not if. It’s no secret Grab wants to conquer the e-wallet space by making themselves the do-it-all guys, and I fully expect them to venture into anything that could leverage off their platform. I’m expecting to see QR-coded sick leave certificates pretty soon.

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Pakatan Harapan’s 100 Day Report Card, Did They Pass Or Fail?

Today Aug 17, marks the 100th day of Pakatan Harapan’s victory. Based on Malaysiakini, so far PH have only fulfilled 2 promises which are the abolishment of GST and initiating reviews of all megaprojects that have been awarded to foreign countries.

For the other promises some are still in progress and some are not even in progress yet. However, the rakyat are hopeful that PH will fulfill their promises but not right now as they believe that it takes time to rebuild the country and its impossible to achieve it in 100 days.

Nicholas Ker
Yes, the new government has not fulfilled ALL of its 100-day promises, and yes, the ‘New Malaysia’ isn’t what some had cracked it up to be, but honestly, what did you expect? Many of us voted for change, albeit with a caveat of realism involved. So long as there’s progress, I’m cautiously optimistic.

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The Dewan Rakyat Has Repealed The Controversial Anti-Fake News Act

The Dewan Rakyat passed the motion to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 with a simple voice vote. The motion was passed after a speech by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Hanipa Maidin.

Who explained that there were laws already in place to deal with fake news such as the Penal Code, the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Justin Lee
It’s a step in the right direction as freedom of speech should be upheld and there are other laws that cover fake news so we shouldn’t worry too much. Now everyone can freely speak their minds especially on social media, but we must always be careful as to not overstep boundaries.

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