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Autism + Special Needs Q&A With Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

In support of Autism Awareness Month, we are sharing this exclusive Q&A session on autism and special needs with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan!

May her knowledge and insight continue to help and inspire parents of children on the ASD spectrum, or with special needs!

 

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan : Who Is She?

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan is a Consultant Developmental Paediatrician at ParkCity Medical Centre and the Baby & Beyond Child Specialist Clinic.

She specialises in diagnosing and treating children with autism, ADHD, ADD, behavioural problems, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders.

Her waiting list is as long as her professional credentials – MBBS HONS (UK), M MED Sc (Leeds, UK), MRCP (UK), MRCPCH (UK).

We were very fortunate to be able to invite her to a Q&A session with the parents of autistic and special needs children at the Bridges EIP Centre on the 5th of September 2015.

Sadly, we could not accommodate more parents for this talk. That’s why we recorded the entire session so that parents who could not make it for the event can benefit as well.

Dr. Rajini covered many topics, so we will not just provide you with the full video of the session. We have also prepared 18 smaller video clips that are specific to certain topics.

 

Autism And Special Needs Q&A Session (Full)

For those who want to view the Autism And Special Needs Q&A session in its entirety, here is the full video. It is about 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

 

Autism And Special Needs (Specific Topics)

Part 1 : Latest Treatments For Autism

Part 2 : Does ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Work?

Part 3 : Should A Child Start ABA?

Part 4 : Occupational & Speech Therapies

Part 5 : iPad & YouTube As Therapy

Part 6 : Dealing With Giggling / Laughing Episodes

Part 7 : Don’t Focus On The Hours Spent On Therapy

Part 8 : Do Enrichment Classes Help?

Part 9 : Sensory Integration & Sibling Issues

Part 10 : More Sibling Issues

Part 11 : Handling Inappropriate Behaviour

Part 12 : Handling Temper Tantrums

Part 13 : Shopping Mall Woes

Part 14 : Dealing With Inferiority Complex

Part 15 : Dealing With Difficult Behaviour

Part 16 : Biomedical, Neurofeedback, Chlorine Dioxide & Diets

Part 17 : Vaccines For Children With Autism / Special Needs

Part 18 : Prognosis For Kids With Autism

 

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Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the latest RMCO / PKPP SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed, from 10 March 2021 onwards!

For CMCO / PKPB SOP, please see CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

On 9 March, MKN announced that the island of Langkawi would be placed under RMCO starting 10 March 2021.

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah (except LangkawI)
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Langkawi island

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in RMCO / PKPP areas from 10 March 2021 onwards :

TRAVEL

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity. However, vulnerable individuals and children are not encouraged to go out to public, open and crowded areas.
  • Goods and services vehicles are allowed to carry people up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • Travel of private, government and company vehicles for commuting to work and official business is permitted, up to vehicle capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Interstate travel for couples in long-distance marriage are allowed with police permission.

TRAVEL BUBBLE TOURISM

  • Interstate tourism is allowed between RMCO areas, but only through tour packages from tour agencies that have registered with the MOTAC (Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture), except in Sabah.
  • Private travel is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel is only allowed using tour vehicles registered with MOTAC.
  • Tour agencies must obtain PDRM permission for interstate travel.
  • Tour vehicles must travel directly to RMCO areas and are not allowed to stop in CMCO areas.
  • Travel from CMCO to RMCO is FORBIDDEN.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN SABAH

  • Travel within Sabah in allowed within these district zones :
    Zone 1 : Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud, Ranau, Tuaran, Penampang, Putatan and Papar.
    Zone 2 : Beaufort, Kuala Penyu and Sipitang.
    Zone 3 : Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas.
    Zone 4 : Sandakan, Beluran, Telupid, Kinabatangan and Tongod.
    Zone 5 : Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Kalabakan.
    Zone 6 : Keningau, Tambunan and Tenom.
  • Travel between district zones is not allowed, except with police permission.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN RMCO / PKPP AREAS

  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Private and public clinics, hospitals and medical labs are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to operate as usual.

HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR BUSINESS PREMISES

  • Premise / business owners must ensure there is a 1 metre physical distance between customers at the entry and exit points of their premises.
  • Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering.
  • Premise / business owners must provide the MySejahtera QR code and a logbook for registering customers.
  • Registration using MySejahtera app is mandatory in areas with Internet coverage. Exceptions will be given to areas with no Internet coverage, like rural areas.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write their names and telephone numbers into the logbook and scan their body temperature. Those with body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter the premise.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk status in MySejahtera are allowed to enter their premise.
  • Premise / business owners must limit the number of customers within their premises to ensure a 1 metre radius at all times, and publicly list the maximum number of people allowed in their premise.
  • All workers, suppliers and customers must wear face masks correctly while they are inside the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at all premises.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear face masks in all crowded public places, except these places / activities :
    – your own home, with your own family members
    – hotel room / paid accommodation, with your own family members
    – your own work space
    – indoor and outdoor sporting activities
    – your own vehicle, with your own family members
    – indoor and outdoor public areas, without other individuals
    – eating and drinking at public areas, without other individuals

WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Travel in and out of CMCO / RMCO areas for work is allowed, with employer’s letter or work pass.
  • Travel into EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All individual and team sport and recreational activities are SUBJECT to the Sports & Recreational SOP.
  • State and community competitions and championships are allowed, with the permission of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), and without spectators / supporters.
  • National competitions and championships that involve interstate travel (like MFL, MHL and STL) are allowed, with police permission, and without spectators / supporters.
  • National or international competition or championship MUST obtain permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), and without spectators / supporters.
  • Phased Centralised Training Programs for teams involved in MFL, MHL and STL through home / camp quarantine is allowed.
  • Centralised Training Programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils using camp quarantine are allowed.
  • Group sports or recreational activities WITHOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT, with physical distancing and supervision, is allowed,

INDUSTRIAL + ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All industrial and economic activities can operate as usual, according to the SOP.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is permitted for all vehicles used for business, industry and manufacturing activities.

FISHING, PLANTATION + FARMING

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.

TOURISM + CULTURE

These domestic tourism activities are allowed to operate with physical distancing, wearing of face masks and compliance with SOP :

  • Tourist attractions like zoo, farm, aquarium, edutainment centre, recreation park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park and so on.
  • Art, culture and heritage sites like museum, library, art gallery, heritage centre, cultural performance and so on.
  • Theme park and family entertainment centre

All other tourism and cultural activities, OTHER than those in the Negative List are subject to the Tourism and Cultural Sector SOP.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Activities at mosques and suraus are allowed.
  • Activities in non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)

  • Seminars / workshops / courses / conferences / meetings / tradeshows and related activities including meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) are allowed to operate at maximum premise capacity.
  • They must ensure physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and compliance with the MICE SOP.
  • Business travellers from permitted countries must use the One Stop Center (OSC) platform, and comply with existing entry requirements.
  • Face-to-face meeting for official or work reasons in office, hotel and other venues are allowed, subject to physical distancing and wearing of face masks.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All events, shows, performances, live music and live band activities in hall, auditorium, art premise, convention centre, studio, stadium and hotel lounge are allowed with audience with physical distancing.
  • Events are limited to special and licensed locations like convention centres, galleries, trade centres, art premises and other licenced MICE premises.
  • Lounge hotel performance is allowed with audience at full capacity with physical distancing.
  • The management staff, artistes, and crew are allowed at full capacity.
  • Music, animation, film, drama and documentary production, inside and outside the studio, are allowed.
  • Busking activities at cafeteria, food court, food stores and shopping mall are allowed.
  • Cinemas and drive-in theatres are allowed.

CHILD + SENIOR CARE

  • Childcare centres, kindergartens and daycare facilities are allowed to operate, with permission by the relevant ministry / agency.
  • Parents sending their children to childcare, kindergarten or daycare are allowed to use vehicles up to the licensed capacity.
  • Daycare facilities for the disabled, senior citizens, women and all other care facilities are allowed to operate.

EDUCATION

  • Public and private schools, higher education institutes, training institutes, tahfiz centres, kindergarten, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, enrichment centres and all other educational institutes are allowed to operate.
  • Candidates for SPM 2020 and 2021, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and entry assessment for special schools (Form 1 and Form 4) and international examinations are allowed to travel into any MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas, with letters from the Ministry of Education.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel, with letters from Ministry of Education or Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Boarding school students must obtain permission letters from their institutes for interstate travel.
  • Tuition class, music class, dance class, language class and so on are allowed.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial, public and private, events and social gatherings such as feast, Akad Nikah, wedding, engagement, reception, aqiqah ceremony, tahlil, anniversary, birthday, reunion, retreat and so on, are allowed.
  • Such events must follow the Government & Private Event SOP and Social Event SOP.

NEGATIVE LIST (FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES)

  • Pub and night club
  • Participation of foreign athletes or sports officials without permission from the Malaysia Immigration Department.
  • Group activities with physical contact, without supervision.
  • Championship / competition WITHOUT permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
  • Championship / competition (international or local) with spectators.
  • Mass and group activities that makes physical distancing impossible, like fun run, fun ride, marathon, triathlon and so on.
  • Tourism into MCO, CMCO and EMCO areas.
  • Overseas tourism.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists, except those from permitted countries.
  • Foreigners travelling to Malaysia, except those with permission from the Malaysia Immigration Department, and in compliance with existing entry requirements.
  • Any group activity that makes it difficult for physical distancing or compliance with DG Health orders.
  • Any other matters that will be decided by the government from time to time.

 

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Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the latest CMCO / PKPB SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed from 10 March 2021 onwards!

For RMCO / PKPP SOP, please see RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

On 9 March, MKN announced that the island of Langkawi would be placed under RMCO starting 10 March 2021.

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah (except LangkawI)
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Langkawi island

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in CMCO / PKPB areas from 10 March 2021 onwards :

TRAVEL

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity. However, vulnerable individuals and children are not encouraged to go out to public, open and crowded areas.
  • Goods and services vehicles are allowed to carry people up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • Travel of private, government and company vehicles for commuting to work and official business is permitted, up to vehicle capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Interstate travel for couples in long-distance marriage is allowed with police permission.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN CMCO / PKPB AREAS

  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Private and public clinics and hospitals are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 12 midnight.

HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR BUSINESS PREMISES

  • Premise / business owners must ensure there is a 1 metre physical distance between customers at the entry and exit points of their premises.
  • Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering.
  • Premise / business owners must provide the MySejahtera QR code and a logbook for registering customers.
  • Registration using MySejahtera app is mandatory in areas with Internet coverage. Exceptions will be given to areas with no Internet coverage, like rural areas.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write their names and telephone numbers into the logbook and scan their body temperature. Those with body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter the premise.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk status in MySejahtera are allowed to enter their premise.
  • Premise / business owners must limit the number of customers within their premises to ensure a 1 metre radius at all times, and publicly list the maximum number of people allowed in their premise.
  • All workers, suppliers and customers must wear face masks correctly while they are inside the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at all premises.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear face masks in all crowded public places, except these places / activities :
    – your own home, with your own family members
    – hotel room / paid accommodation, with your own family members
    – your own work space
    – indoor and outdoor sporting activities
    – your own vehicle, with your own family members
    – indoor and outdoor public areas, without other individuals
    – eating and drinking at public areas, without other individuals

WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Travel in and out of CMCO / RMCO areas for work is allowed, with employer’s letter or work pass.
  • Travel into EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN.
  • The number of public sector workers permitted is based on the JPA circular.
  • The private sector is limited to 30% of their Management team, and a limit set by the employer for their Operations team.
  • Vehicles ferrying workers, including private vehicles, are allowed to operate.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All individual and team sport and recreational activities are SUBJECT to the Sports & Recreational SOP.
  • State and community competitions and championships are allowed, with the permission of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS).
  • National competitions and championships that involve interstate travel (like MFL, MHL and STL) are allowed, with police permission, and without spectators / supporters.
  • Sponsorship of any national or international competition or championship MUST obtain permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS).
  • Phased Centralised Training Programs for teams involved in MFL, MHL and STL through home / camp quarantine is allowed.
  • Centralised Training Programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils using camp quarantine are allowed.
  • Group sports or recreational activities WITHOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT, with 50% capacity limit, physical distancing and supervision, is allowed,

INDUSTRIAL + ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All industrial and economic activities can operate as usual, according to the SOP.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is permitted for all vehicles used for business, industry and manufacturing activities.

FISHING, PLANTATION + FARMING

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Activities at mosques and suraus are allowed, with attendance limit set by the state religious authorities.
  • Activities in non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed, with attendance limit set by the Ministry of National Unity or the Ministry of Federal Territories.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All events, shows, performances, live music and live band activities in hall, auditorium, art premise, convention centre, studio, stadium and hotel lounge are allowed with audience at 50% of venue capacity.
  • Events are limited to special and licensed locations like convention centres, galleries, trade centres, art premises and other licenced MICE premises.
  • Lounge hotel performance is allowed with audience limited to 50% of venue capacity and physical distancing.
  • The number of management staff, artistes, and crew are limited to 70% of usual capacity.
  • Music, animation, film, drama and documentary production, inside and outside the studio, are allowed.
  • Live television programs, inside or outside a studio, are allowed with audience at 50% of venue capacity and physical distancing.
  • Busking activities at cafeteria, food court, food stores and shopping mall are allowed.
  • Cinemas and drive-in theatres are allowed.

CHILD + SENIOR CARE

  • Childcare centres, kindergartens and daycare facilities are allowed to operate, with permission by the relevant ministry / agency.
  • Parents sending their children to childcare, kindergarten or daycare are allowed to use vehicles up to the licensed capacity.
  • Daycare facilities for the disabled, senior citizens, women and all other care facilities are allowed to operate.

EDUCATION

  • Public and private schools, higher education institutes, training institutes, tahfiz centres, kindergarten, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, enrichment centres and all other educational institutes are allowed to operate.
  • Candidates for SPM 2020 and 2021, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and entry assessment for special schools (Form 1 and Form 4) and international examinations are allowed to travel into any MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas, with letters from the Ministry of Education.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel, with letters from Ministry of Education or Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Boarding school students must obtain permission letters from their institutes for interstate travel.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)

  • All business events involving meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions are allowed to operate at 50% of premise capacity.
  • They must ensure physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and compliance with the MICE SOP.
  • Face-to-face meeting for official or work reasons in office, hotel and other venues are allowed, subject to physical distancing, wearing of face masks and up to 50% of the room capacity.
  • Video conferencing for meetings is encouraged.

TOURISM + CULTURE

These domestic tourism activities are allowed to operate at 50% of the premise’s capacity, with physical distancing, wearing of face masks and compliance with SOP :

  • Tourist attractions like zoo, farm, aquarium, edutainment centre, recreation park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park and so on.
  • Art, culture and heritage sites like museum, library, art gallery, heritage centre, cultural performance and so on.
  • Theme park and family entertainment centre

All other tourism and cultural activities, OTHER than those in the Negative List are subject to the Tourism and Cultural Sector SOP.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial, public and private, events and social gatherings such as feast, Akad Nikah, wedding, engagement, reception, aqiqah ceremony, tahlil, anniversary, birthday, reunion, retreat and so on, are allowed at up to 50% of premise capacity.
  • Such events must ensure physical distancing, wearing of face masks and follow the Social Event SOP.

NEGATIVE LIST (FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES)

  • Pub and night club
  • Concert or live event with audience
  • Championship / competition WITHOUT permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Championship / competition with spectators
  • Group activities with physical contact, with over 50% capacity, without supervision.
  • Activities outside of the CMCO area, unless with permission.
  • Mass and group activities that makes physical distancing impossible, like fun run, fun ride, marathon, triathlon and so on.
  • Tourism outside of the CMCO area, or in an MCO / EMCO area.
  • Overseas tourism.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists, except those from permitted countries.
  • Interstate travel without police permission.
  • Any group activity that makes it difficult for physical distancing or compliance with DG Health orders.
  • Any other matters that will be decided by the government from time to time.

 

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Malaysia MCO : MICE + Busking Now Allowed!

Malaysia just lifted restrictions on MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) and Busking!

Find out how this affects your risk of getting infected by COVID-19 in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia MCO : MICE + Busking Now Allowed!

Even as Malaysia comes close to breaching 300,000 COVID-19 cases, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) continues to liberalise the economy.

On 25 February 2021, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob announced that MKN decided to lift restrictions on MICE and busking activities in MCO / PKP areas.

Starting 26 February 2021, street musicians and buskers are allowed to perform in MCO / PKP areas, as long as they comply with existing SOP.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activities, on the other hand, can start from 5 March 2021 onwards, with these restrictions :

  • up to 25% of maximum venue capacity, or
  • up to 250 people at the venue, whichever is fewer
  • physical distancing must be maintained

 

MICE + Busking Activities : Are We At Greater Risk?

This new change would make MCO (PKP) even more similar to RMCO (PKPP) and CMCO (PKPB), which begs the question – why bother with the three different classifications?

But more importantly – how does this affect our risk of getting COVID-19?

MICE Risks

The risks of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activities greatly varies.

Meetings, talks and training sessions, for example, are small and can be conducted with minimal risks, as long as both organisers and participants comply with the SOP.

Conferences and exhibitions, on the other hand, are more challenging because they generally involve personal interactions. Physical distancing and face masks can help to reduce the risk, but only if everyone remembers to use them.

Busking Risks

This is generally quite safe, as long as the performer(s) is static, like the example above. This would allow for proper physical distancing of at least 2-3 metres (if not further).

However, all spectators MUST wear face masks at all times, as it would not be reasonable for buskers to perform with face masks.

Walking buskers should be discouraged, as it would difficult for them to maintain physical distance from the public. And there should be no physical interaction.

 

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Photography Contest : Win Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer!

In collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Xiaomi is sponsoring an online photography contest – Good Things During Bad Times!

Give it a try, and you could win a Mi 10T Pro smartphone, or a Mi Pocket Photo Printer!

 

Photography Contest : Win Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer!

Xiaomi Malaysia wants Malaysians to appreciate the little things in life through their new Good Things During Bad Times photography contest, in collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

Just capture the positive side of your life during these unprecedented times, and share it with Xiaomi Malaysia and the National Art Gallery!

All you have to do is :

  1. Take an original photo that best reflects the contest theme.
  2. Post the photo on your Instagram Feed, with these hashtags and make sure your Instagram Profile is set to Public :
    #GoodThingsDuringBadTimes #Xiaomi #Mi10TSeries #BalaiSeniNegara #PowerYourCreativity
  3. LIKE and FOLLOW Xiaomi Malaysia’s Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/xiaomi.malaysia)

The top 25 entries will not only win great prizes, they will be displayed on the National Art Gallery of Malaysia’s website!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer Photography Contest Details!

For those who are interested to participate, here are the details :

Eligibility

The contest is open to any individual who fulfils these criteria :

  • Malaysian citizens aged 13 and above nly
  • Participants can use any camera and mobile phone
  • Participants can only participate by posting a photo on Instagram Feed
  • All submissions must include the official hashtags :
    #GoodThingsDuringBadTimes #Xiaomi #Mi10TSeries #BalaiSeniNegara #PowerYourCreativity
  • Only PUBLIC Instagram accounts will be accepted, PRIVATE Instagram accounts will not be accepted.
  • Participants must LIKE and FOLLOW Xiaomi Malaysia Official Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/xiaomi.malaysia)
  • Xiaomi staff, dealers (inclusive of Mi Stores, MEPs, Mi Zones and Open Channels) and their staff and relatives, are not entitled to participate.
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any participant, and disqualify any participant who do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Contest Period

  • Only submissions made during the contest period, and before the closing deadline, are eligible to participate :
    15 December 2020 (00:00, GMT+8) to 31 December 2020 (23:59, GMT+8).
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right and absolute discretion to suspend or extend the contest period for any reason at any time, without any liability.

Entry Submissions

  • There is no limit as to how many entries a participant may submit.

Prizes

  • Grand Prizes : 5 x Mi 10T Pro 5G (worth RM1,999)
  • 2nd Prizes : 20 x Mi Pocket Photo Printer (worth RM249)
  • All winners with submissions containing Xiaomi watermark will be entitled to a bonus prize.
  • Xiaomi reserves the right to replace any prizes with items of similar value without prior notice.
  • Prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable, non-exchangeable, and not redeemable for cash.
  • Any prize not claimed within 60 days of notification (starting from when the results are announced) will be forfeited. No alternatives will be offered.
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right to re-select the winners.

Winner Notification

  • Winners will be announced on Thursday, 6 January 2021, at 12:00 (GMT+8)
  • Winners will be notified and contacted through their Instagram account.
  • Prizes are not transferable nor exchangeable.
  • In the event Xiaomi Malaysia is unable to contact a winner within 3 working days for any reason, the prize for that winner will be forfeited with no alternatives, at the sole discretion of Xiaomi Malaysia.

 

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Watch : Arecibo Telescope Before & During The Collapse!

The catastrophic collapse of the Arecibo telescope on 1 December 2020 was captured by a control tower camera and a drone.

Take a look at the just-released footage, and find out what it showed!

 

Arecibo Telescope : A Brief History

The Arecibo Telescope is a 305 meter wide radio telescope, with a steerable receiver hanging 150 meters over the spherical reflector dish.

Built over a natural sinkhole, it was completed in November 1963 and was the world’s largest single-aperture telescope for 53 years.

Culturally, the Arecibo Telescope is famous for the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program, and being featured in the 1995 James Bond film, Goldeneye; and the 1997 sci-fi film, Contact.

Scientifically, the Arecibo Telescope allowed for numerous discoveries in astronomy :

  • discovered the first binary pulsar in 1974, for which Hulse and Taylor won their 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • produced first radar maps of the surface of Venus in 1981
  • discovered the first millisecond pulsar (PSR 1937+21) in 1982
  • discovered ice at the north and south poles of Mercury in 1992
  • discovered the first ever exoplanet in 1992
  • discovering the first ever repeating fast radio burst (FRB) in 2016

 

Arecibo Telescope : Scheduled For Decommissioning

The Arecibo Telescope was damaged by hurricanes and storms over the years, as well as budget cuts.

The end came when an auxiliary support cable for the hanging platform broke on 10 August 2020, causing a 30 metre gash in the reflector dish.

Before a new cable could be installed, one of the two main support cables broke on 7 November 2020, shattering part of the dish.

On 17 November 2020, the National Science Foundation announced that it was impossible to repair the Arecibo telescope, and it will be recommissioned instead.

Unfortunately, before that could happen, the remaining support cables failed, and the hanging platform collapsed into the dish on 1 December 2020.

 

Watch : Arecibo Telescope Before & During The Collapse!

The National Science Foundation just released footage of the Arecibo telescope, before and during the collapse.

The footage was captured by a video camera from the control tower (Tower 12), and a drone inspecting the cables at the top of Tower 4.

Here is how the National Science Foundation described the footage of the collapse :

This video, that starts with a view of the top of Tower 4, was taken from the vantage point of an Arecibo Observatory drone, utilized for monitoring the condition of Tower 4 support cables.

Four cables are seen in the center of this video. The top cable does not support the telescope platform, but instead supports the catwalk described in the narrative for the previous video. The three lower cables are, from left to right, M4-1, M4-2, and M4-3.

Note that a number of individual wire strands of the M4-1 and M4-2 cables are noticeably broken at the beginning of this video. The M4-3 cable does not appear to have any broken wires at the beginning of this video.

The first indication of the coming failure is the breaking of another M4-2 wire, accompanied by a puff of “smoke” and chips of paint flying away from the surface of the cable. Four seconds later the entire M4-2 cable appears to disintegrate.

The failure of M4-2 is followed a fraction of a second later by the demise of M4-1, followed a fraction of a second later by the failure of M4-3.

The drone operator then swings the drone around to view the reflector dish and fallen platform, azimuth arm, Gregorian dome and the falling cables and catwalk.

The top section of Tower 12, near the Visitor Center, can be seen tumbling down the hill to the left of the operations building. The Tower 12 backstay cables that connect the top of Tower 12 to the ground cause damage behind Tower 12, well away from the edge of the telescope dish.

According to the NSF’s initial findings, the top section of all three support towers broke off, and both the 900-ton hanging instrument platform and its support cables fell onto the dish.

The observatory’s learning center sustained significant damage from the falling cables, although fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

This is what the Arecibo telescope looked like, after the hanging platform crashed into the reflector dish below.

 

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Fortesys Now Authorised Distributor For Ruckus Networks In Malaysia!

CommScope just appointed Fortesys as the sole authorised distributor for its Ruckus range of networking products spanning all segments across Malaysia! Here are the full details!

 

Fortesys | Ruckus : A Quick Primer

Established in 2011, Fortesys Distribution Sdn Bhd is a leading end-to-end networking solutions provider in Malaysia. In addition to providing digital networking solutions, they also provide training programs as well.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Ruckus is a world-renowned brand for wired and wireless networking equipment and software. Together with ARRIS, Ruckus is now now of CommScope – a major communications infrastructure company.

 

Fortesys Now Authorised Distributor For Ruckus Networks In Malaysia!

At a recent ceremony held at the Tropicana Golf Club, Petaling Jaya, Fortesys regional sales director Kevin Kuak (left in picture) shook hands with ARRIS Solutions Malaysia regional manager BK Choo representing the CommScope to finalise this partnership for Malaysia.

We sat down with both principals for a quick chat on this new partnership between Fortesys and CommScope.

According to Kuak, Fortesys would continue to deliver a wide range of advanced networking solutions for the Malaysian and regional markets.

“Our mission is to provide the most cost-effective and complete network solutions to meet all our customers’ business needs,” said Kuak, adding that Fortesys’ appointment as the authorised distributor for Ruckus was yet another milestone for the company.

“We are also fully committed to helping companies ‘future proof’ their businesses through state-of-the-art digital networking solutions, added Kuak.

Kuak also shared that Fortesys is today certified by many world class IT vendors, while providing high quality training for customers.

Meanwhile, Choo said that Ruckus had invented and patented various wireless voice, video, and data technologies, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range.

“Today, we are well known for our Wi-Fi branded products such as indoor and outdoor wireless access points and wireless controllers,” said Choo.

From a market segment perspective, this partnership bodes well for both parties as Ruckus has traditionally been strong in the hospitality and education segments, while Fortesys has various customers across GLCs (government-linked companies), banking and financial services and the public sector.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Roadshows Kick-Off In Malaysia!

Samsung Malaysia just kicked off the Galaxy S20 roadshows, with a bunch of amazing deals… and a new trade-up program!

Check out what went on at the Galaxy S20 roadshow at Mid Valley Megamall, where Samsung fans queued up since last night to snag the great roadshow deals!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Roadshows Kick-Off In Malaysia!

Samsung Malaysia just kicked off three days of roadshows for the new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones at these locations :

Region

Location Time
Kuala Lumpur Mid Valley Megamall 10 AM to 10 PM
Penang Queensbay Mall 10:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Johor Mid Valley Southkey 10 AM to 10 PM
Kota Kinabalu IMAGO Shopping Mall 10 AM to 10 PM
Kuantan East Coast Mall 10 AM to 10 PM

Here was how the Galaxy S20 roadshow at Mid Valley Megamall turned out – a large crowd that started queuing up since last night!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Roadshows : Why Are People Queuing Up?

If you are wondering why people are queuing up for hours, and even overnight, it’s because Samsung is offering these AWESOME deals at these Galaxy S20 roadshows!

Exclusive Roadshow Gift

FREE Samsung Wireless Charger Pad +
FREE 128 GB Samsung microSD Card
Total Value : RM 378
Early Bird Reward (Limited) FREE 50-inch Samsung 4K Smart UHD TV worth RM 2,599
Camera Instant Rebate (Limited) RM 400 instant rebate by trading in any camera

Because there are LIMITED UNITS for the free Samsung Smart TV and the RM 400 instant rebate, people are rushing to be amongst the first to get the new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphones at these roadshows.

Region

50-inch Samsung
4K Smart TV
RM 400 Instant Rebate
Kuala Lumpur 220 units 220 units
Penang 120 units 120 units
Johor 80 units 80 units
Kota Kinabalu 50 units 50 units
Kuantan 30 units 30 units

In addition, Samsung also unveiled their new Galaxy S20 Trade-Up Program, where buyers can trade-in their old (even non-working) devices for great discounts off the new Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone!

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy S20 Trade-Up Program Prices + Details!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 | S20 Plus | S20 Ultra Compared!

Can’t decide between the the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20 Ultra? Maybe our quick comparison video will help!

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Malaysia Launch + Models!

Samsung Malaysia just officially launched the new Galaxy S20 smartphones at the majestic St. Regis Kuala Lumpur!

Watch the entire Samsung Galaxy S20 Malaysia launch event, and check out all EIGHT (8) Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra models that will be available in Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Malaysia Launch

First, watch Jinnyboy and Jenn Chia show off their key features in our video of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Malaysia launch!

Samsung Malaysia is only bringing in these three specific models :

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 | S20 Plus | S20 Ultra Compared!

Can’t decide between the the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20 Ultra? Maybe our quick comparison video will help!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 | S20 Plus | S20 Ultra Malaysia Specifications

And here are the official specifications for these specific Malaysia models :

Specifications Galaxy S20 (LTE) Galaxy S20+ (LTE) Galaxy S20 Ultra (5G)
Display Size 6.2-inch 6.7-inch 6.9-inch
Display Features Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display
Quad HD+ Resolution (3200 x 1440 pixels)
HDR10+ certified, 120 Hz support
Front Camera  10 MP, Dual Pixel AF, F2.2 (80˚) 40 MP, PDAF, F2.2 (80˚)
Rear Camera (Main)  12 MP, F/1.8 (79˚)
Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS
108 MP, F1.8 (79˚)
PDAF, OIS
Rear Camera (Ultra Wide)  12 MP, F2.2 (120˚)
Rear Camera (Telephoto)  64 MP, PDAF F2.0 (76˚), OIS 48 MP, PDAF, F3.5 (24˚)
Rear Camera (DepthVision)  No Yes
Dimensions 151.7 mm tall
69.1 mm wide
7.9 mm thick
161.9 mm tall
73.7 mm wide
7.8 mm thick
166.9 mm tall
76.0 mm wide
8.8 mm thick
Weight 163 g 186 g 220 g
Platform Samsung Exynos 990
Memory 8 GB RAM LPDDR5 12 GB RAM LPDDR5
Storage 128 GB internal storage
microSD (up to 1 TB)
SIM / microSD Tray Hybrid SIM tray, Supports eSIM
Battery 4000 mAh 4500 mAh 5000 mAh
Charging Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Fast Charging (wired and wireless)
OS Android 10
Network & Connectivity 5G (Galaxy S20 Ultra) : Sub6
LTE : Enhanced 4×4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LTE Cat.20
– Up to 2.0 Gbps DL / Up to 200 Mbps UL
Wi-Fi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4G+5GHz
– Up to 1.2Gbps DL / Up to 1.2Gbps UL
Bluetooth : Bluetooth v 5.0 , ANT+
USB type-C, NFC
GPS : GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Payment NFC, MST
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor,
Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor,
Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Authentication Fingerprint sensor, Face recognition
Audio Support AKG Stereo Speakers + Earphones
Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
Earphones: Hybrid canal type, 2-way dynamic unit

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 : Malaysia Price List

Here is the official Malaysia price list for the three smartphones, and the new Galaxy Buds+ true wireless earbuds!

 

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HUAWEI Mate 30 + Mate 30 Pro Roadshow Deals Revealed!

HUAWEI Malaysia just kicked off their first Mate 30 + Mate 30 Pro roadshow at Sunway Velocity Mall with a bunch of great deals.

Best of all, you will see the same or similar deals at the many roadshows they are planning to host over the next few weeks!

So check out the HUAWEI Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro roadshow deals, and grab them when they come to a roadshow near you!

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 + Mate 30 Pro Roadshow @ Sunway Velocity Mall

Here is a quick look at the first HUAWEI Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro roadshow at Sunway Velocity Mall, and the deals HUAWEI Malaysia is offering.

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 + Mate 30 Pro Roadshow + Christmas Deals

At the Sunway Velocity Mall roadshow, every HUAWEI Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro comes with a FREE HUAWEI SuperCharge Wireless Car Charger and HUAWEI Care (extended 1 year warranty + 1 month screen crack warranty)

In addition, the first 100 to buy the Mate 30 Pro will each receive the HUAWEI Freelace earphones worth RM 369.

Those who purchase a unit at the roadshow will also get to participate in a lucky draw, where they can win a range of prizes.

HUAWEI Malaysia also shared with us their Christmas Promo, where every purchase of select HUAWEI products will receive FREE Christmas-themed freebies.

In addition, every purchase will entitle the buyer to a chance to win a HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro, a HUAWEI Watch GT 2 or a HUAWEI 360 Camera.

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Online Deal for Malaysia

If you are too lazy to get to a roadshow, you can grab this HUAWEI Mate 30 online deal, which gives you these great freebies :

  • HUAWEI Speaker
  • HUAWEI Wireless Car Charger
  • HUAWEI Gift Box
  • HUAWEI Premium Gift Box

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Online Deal for Malaysia

If you are too lazy to get to a roadshow, you can grab this HUAWEI Mate 30 online deal, which gives you these great freebies :

  • HUAWEI SuperCharge Power Bank (10,000 mAh)
  • HUAWEI Wireless Car Charger
  • HUAWEI Premium Gift Box

 

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New MSI Concept Store Launch + Tour @ Low Yat Plaza!

Malaysia is such a large market for MSI, that they just opened up a second MSI Concept Store in Low Yat Plaza – right across the world’s largest MSI Concept Store!

Find out why they launched a second MSI Concept Store here, and take a tour of the new MSI Concept Store!

 

New MSI Concept Store Launch + Tour @ Low Yat Plaza!

The new MSI Concept Store is located right inside Low Yat Plaza, on the ground floor at Lot G-026.

It will showcase a mix of MSI gaming laptops, monitors and PC hardware components. The main MSI Concept Store, on the other hand, will focus on showcasing MSI gaming laptops.

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The World’s Largest MSI Concept Store Launch + Tour @ Low Yat Plaza!

MSI opened the world’s largest MSI Concept Store back in 2017. They specifically chose its location in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, to cater not just to tech-savvy Malaysians, but also tourists.

Bukit Bintang is, after all, where most tourists to Malaysia will head to for their shopping – whether it’s fashion or tech.

That MSI Concept Store has two floors, the retail and demo section is currently limited to the ground floor. The first floor is a multipurpose space that can be used for press briefings, meetings or even a LAN competition.

 

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Exclusive ROKiT Williams Tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

As part of the Acronis CyberFit Week, we were invited to an exclusive ROKiT Williams tour of the Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

We also had the opportunity to sit down and talk to ROKiT Williams CIO Graeme Hackland, who has over 20 years of F1 experience under his belt!

 

Checking In At The Singapore Grand Prix Media Centre!

After picking up our media passes, we checked in at the Singapore Grand Prix Media Centre. This is what it looks like inside!

It’s located directly over the garages, so the windows look out directly into the pit stop!

 

Exclusive ROKiT Williams Tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019!

Barbara Clemente of the ROKiT Williams Racing Team took us on a special tour of Singapore Grand Prix 2019.

We were not allowed to take photos or videos inside the ROKiT Williams garage, of course. But we had the rare and exclusive opportunity to check out the paddock and pit stop in person!

 

Graeme Hackland on the ROKiT Williams + Acronis Partnership

We then sat down with ROKiT Williams CIO Graeme Hackland, who has over 20 years of F1 experience under his belt.

He spoke about the importance of data collection to the team’s performance, and how much data they now collect – not just at the tracks and races, but also in the factory back in the UK.

He also revealed that the team was hit by two ransomware attacks in 2014, losing data to one of them. That spurred their adoption of Acronis data protection solutions.

Now, all of their data is notarised and almost instantaneously backed up on the cloud, and can be quickly restored if they are compromised in any way, or hijacked by ransomware.

Protecting all that data is important, not just for the success of their team, but also Williams Advanced Engineering. After all, the technologies they refine with each race will end up being commercialised by Advanced Engineering.

 

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The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS Partnership

As part of the Acronis CyberFit Week, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology announced a partnership with NUS, the National University of Singapore, for their Master of Computing programme. Here are the full details!

 

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology is a private research and higher-education institute, founded by Serguei Beloussov, the CEO and Founder of Acronis and Parallels.

Located in the heart of Switzerland near the spectacular Rhine Falls, it is just 35 minutes from Zurich and an hour or two away from major cities in Europe.

Its stated mission is to advance knowledge and discovery in science and technology, with open research challenges and the potential for commercial applications.

Therefore, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology will feature educational programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels, as well as research laboratories and a technology park.

 

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS Partnership

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS partnership involves the enrolment of selected SIT students into the NUS Master of Computing program.

These selected students will embark as full-time Master students in NUS Singapore, and will complete both taught courses and a dissertation.

The students can select from one of the four specialisation tracks the NUS Master of Computing offers in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security and Artificial Intelligence.

This partnership will see NUS helping the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology co-train their initial batches of Master of Computing students.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 | 10 Plus Launch In Malaysia!

Samsung just launched the new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus smartphones in Malaysia!

Here is our coverage of their Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus grand launch at the St. Regis, and everything you need to know about these two new Samsung smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 | 10 Plus Launch Presentation

Presenting the key features of the new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus smartphones was none other than Mr. Yoonsoon Kim, President of Samsung Malaysia!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10  | Note 10 Plus Price List In Malaysia

Samsung will only introduce one Note10 model, and two Note10+ models in Malaysia, at these retail prices :

Here are some online preorder / purchase links for your convenience :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Colour Options In Malaysia

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be available in these colour options :

  • Aura Glow
  • Aura Black
  • Aura Pink

Online Sale In Malaysia  : Aura Glow | Aura Pink | Aura Black

We got our hands on all three colours, so we can compare them in real-life :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970) Hands-On Preview!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Colour Options In Malaysia

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus will be available in these colour options :

  • Aura Glow
  • Aura Black
  • Aura White

Online Sale In Malaysia : Aura Glow | Aura White | Aura Black

We got our hands on all three colours, so we can compare them in real-life :

Recommended : Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (SM-N975) Hands-On Preview!

 

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The Mi Smart Band 4 – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Mi Smart Band 4 – their latest smart band / smart watch! Here is everything you need to know about this new wearable device!

 

Mi Smart Band 4

Let’s start with the official product briefing by Allen An, Xiaomi Country Manager for Malaysia and Singapore.

Full Colour AMOLED Display!

It now features a full-colour AMOLED display, so you can now view your fitness stats, messages and notifications in 24-bit colour!

Long Battery Life!

You need not worry about how much power the full-colour AMOLED display consumes. It comes with a 135 mAh LiPo battery that is rated to last up to 20 days on a single charge!

More Tracking Features

In addition to tracking features from the previous generations, it now features a new swim tracking mode that monitors :

  • swim length
  • swim time
  • swim strokes
  • SWOLF (a measure of swimming efficiency)

 

Mi Smart Band 4 Specifications

SpecificationsMi Smart Band 4
Display0.95-inch AMOLED
- 24-bit colour depth
- 400 nits maximum brightness
Display Resolution120 x 240 pixels
Display Protection2.5D tempered glass with anti-fingerprint coating
Water Resistance5 ATM
RAM512 KB
Storage16 MB
Battery135 mAh LiPo Battery
Standby Time : Up to 20 days
Charging Time : ≤ 2 hours
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0 LE
Sensors3-axis accelerometer
3-axis gyroscope
PPG heart rate sensor
Capacitive proximity sensor
Vibration MotorRotor
Body MaterialPolycarbonate
ButtonSingle touch button
- wake up / go back
Wristband18 mm removable wrist band (compatible with Mi Band 3)
- made from thermoplastic polyurethane
Weight22.1 grams

 

Mi Smart Band 4 Price + Availability

Mi Smart Band 4 will be available at Lazada and Shopee, as well as Mi Stores, with immediate effect, at these prices (accurate as of 31 July 2019) :

 

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The 2019 Acer Swift 7 Ultra-Light Laptop Preview!

Acer just unveiled a new ultra-light, ultra-thin laptop – the 2019 Acer Swift 7!

Here is everything you need to know about the new Swift 7, including its price and key features!

 

The 2019 Acer Swift 7 Ultra-Light Laptop Revealed!

Let’s start with the launch briefing by Jeffrey Lai, Senior Product Manager of Acer Malaysia.

 

The 2019 Acer Swift 7 Ultra-Light Laptop

Designed with a minimalist concept, the 2019 Acer Swift 7 boasts clean, sleek lines with an ultra-thin and ultra-light finless design.

It is now 60% smaller than the average 14-inch laptop, and weighs just 890 g! Even so, it packs enough battery power to last up to 12 hours of non-stop use.

Thanks to its super-thin bezels, it has a 14-inch Full HD display with an impressive 92% screen-to-body ratio. This touch display boasts a wide colour gamut of 100% sRGB / 72% NTSC, and is protected by Gorilla Glass 6.

The new Swift 7 is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core processor with 8 GB RAM and an NVMe PCIe SSD. And it comes with two USB Type C Gen 2 ports, and Gigabit WiFi with 2×2 MIMO technology.

It has a push-to-open camera that is hidden just above the keyboard, with a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. To ensure durability, its touchpad is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Recommended : The 2019 Acer Predator Triton 900 Gaming Monster Preview!

 

The 2019 Acer Swift 7 Price + Availability

Acer is offering two 2019 Swift 7 models with immediate effect at these official prices :

  • 2019 Acer Swift 7 (Core i5) : RM 5,999 / ~$1,448 / ~£1,139 / ~€1,274
  • 2019 Acer Swift 7 (Core i7) : RM 7,599 / ~$1,834 / ~£1,443 / ~€1,613

They will both come with a leather protective sleeve, and a USB Type C hub with USB Type A and HDMI ports.

Recommended : The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Gaming Laptops Revealed!

 

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Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) – Everything You Need To Know!

Xiaomi just launched the Mi 9T smartphone. Also known as the Redmi K20, it boasts a pop-up front camera and a 48 MP triple camera system at the back!

Here is everything you need to know about the new Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 smartphone – its key features, specifications, price and offer!

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T (Redmi K20) Key Features

At the launch, Allen An, Country Manager of Xiaomi Malaysia and Singapore, briefed us on the key features of the new Mi 9T / Redmi K20 smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Performance

Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 platform is built on the 8nm process, with two high-speed Kryo 470 Gold cores, six high-efficiency Kryo 470 Silver cores, and an Adreno 618 GPU.

The Mi 9T (MY) comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory, and either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal flash storage. It is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery that supports 18 W fast charging.

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Full Screen “Notch-Free” Display

It boasts the same 6.39-inch AMOLED display as the Mi 9, with one big difference though – it has no notch!

This is an excellent display which offers a Full HD+ resolution with 60,000:1 contrast ratio and 103.8% NTSC colour gamut!

Front + Rear Cameras

In the front, the Xiaomi Mi 9T (MY) has a 20 MP selfie camera that pops-up when you need it. This allows Xiaomi to remove the notch from the display!

In the back, it boasts a triple camera system, which consists of a 48 MP main camera with f/1.75 lens, an 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens, and a 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 lens.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi 9T ProXiaomi Mi 9T
Display6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
6.39-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (403 ppi)
- 103.8% NTSC colour gamut
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
Processor1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
2 x Kryo 470 Gold (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 470 Silver (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 618 (610 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory6 GB LPDDR4x-3733 memory
Storage64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
64 GB / 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
No microSD card slot
Front Camera20 MP sensor with 1.6 μm pixels, and f/2.2 aperture20 MP sensor with 0.9 μm pixels, and f/2.0 aperture
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX586 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
Triple Camera System
- 48 MP Sony IMX582 camera with f/1.75 aperture
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 13 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.4 aperture
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (dual band)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
NFCYesYes
IR EmitterYesYes
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display SensorIn-Display Sensor
Other SensorsDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compassDistance sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 27 W fast charging
4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 18 W fast charging
Dimensions74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
74.3 mm wide
156.7 mm tall
8.7 mm thick
Weight191 grams191 grams
Colour OptionsCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame RedCarbon Black / Glacier Blue / Flame Red

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Colour Options

Xiaomi is offering the Mi 9T / Redmi K20 (MY) in three colour options – Carbon Black, Glacier Blue and Flame Red.

The Glacier Blue and Flame Red colour options have a dynamic holographic design, while the Carbon Black option has a textured carbon fibre design.

The back cover is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is rated to survive 1.6-meter drops on hard, rough surfaces up to 80% of the time.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 Price + Availability!

Xiaomi is offering two variants at these price points :

  • 6 GB + 64 GB : RM 1,199 / ~US$289 / ~£228 / ~€256
  • 6 GB + 128 GB : RM 1,399 / ~US$337 / ~£266 / ~€299

The 64 GB model will start selling on 25 June 2019, with pre-booking beginning immediately.

The 128 GB model will only be available from 29 June 2019 onwards.

 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Launch Offer!

At 10 AM on 25 June 2019, Xiaomi sold the 64 GB model at a special price of RM 1,099 / ~US$265 / ~£209 / ~€235

 

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HONOR 20 Pro + HONOR 20 Price, Offers + Specifications!

The HONOR 20 Pro and HONOR 20 smartphones have just been launched, both in London and in Kuala Lumpur!

Let’s take a look at these latest HONOR flagship smartphones with 4 rear cameras – their key features, the official launch presentation, and their prices and offers!

 

What Trump Ban? HONOR 20 Series Launched!

In spite of the ongoing troubles with the Trump Administration, HONOR went ahead and launched their latest HONOR 20 series flagship smartphones!

In their launch presentation, details were short on their response to the Trump ban. They would only say that they are confident of supporting their customers, and that they are here to stay.

Now, the phones on display at the launch had Google Play services and Play Store installed. But as you will see later, they are both not available for sale just yet.

 

HONOR 20 Series Key Features

Both models have the same 6.26-inch LPTS display, and run on the same HUAWEI Kirin 980 mobile SoC.

They too have the same 32 MP front camera, and the same colour options – Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black in Malaysia, with Phantom Black and Phantom Blue available in other countries.

They differ in three main areas, specifically…

Memory + Storage

The HONOR 20 has 6 GB of LPDDR4x memory and 128 GB of internal storage, with while the Pro version comes with 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory and 256 GB of internal storage.

Rear Cameras

Both devices feature a quad camera system at the back. However, there are quite big differences :

  • The HONOR 20 has a 48MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, while Pro version features a wider, brighter f/1.4 aperture and adds OIS capability.
  • The HONOR 20 has a 2MP depth sensor, instead of the Pro version’s 8MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 and OIS.
  • They both have the same 16MP super-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture.
  • They both have the same 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture.

The 48 MP main camera on both smartphones use the Sony IMX586 image sensor, and defaults to 12 MP because this allows for better image quality, thanks to the larger “combined” pixel size of 1.6 µm.

Battery

The HONOR 20 has a 3,750 mAh battery, while the Pro version has a slightly larger 4,000 mAh battery. They both support 22.5 watt fast charging.

 

HONOR 20 Series Specifications

SpecificationsHONOR 20 ProHONOR 20
Display6.26-inch LPTS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
6.26-inch LPTS display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels (412 ppi)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0Android 9.0 with Magic UI 2.1.0
System PlatformHUAWEI Kirin 980HUAWEI Kirin 980
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
NPU2 x NPU2 x NPU
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G76ARM Mali-G76
Memory + Storage8 GB + 256 GB6 GB + 128 GB
Dust + Water ResistanceNoNo
Front Camera32 MP AI camera32 MP AI camera
Rear CameraQuad Camera System
- 48 MP main camera with f/1.4 lens and OIS
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 8 MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens and OIS
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
- Laser autofocus
Quad Camera System
- 48 MP main camera with f/1.8 lens
- 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 lens
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 lens
- 2 MP depth sensor
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
GPSGPS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
Galileo : E1 + E5a Dual Band
QZSS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
AGPS, GLONASS ,Beidou
GPS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
Galileo : E1 + E5a Dual Band
QZSS : L1 + L5 Dual Band
AGPS, GLONASS ,Beidou
Battery4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
3,750 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsAmbient Light, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor, Infra-red Sensor
Colour Temperature
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Gravity, Hall Sensor, Laser Sensor
Colour Temperature
NFCYesYes
Dimensions73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
73.97 mm wide
154.25 mm tall
7.87 mm thick
Weight174 grams174 grams
Colour OptionsSapphire Blue / Midnight Black / Phantom Blue / Phantom BlackSapphire Blue / Midnight Black / Phantom Blue / Phantom Black

 

HONOR 20 Series Price + Availability

HONOR is only launching the HONOR 20 here in Malaysia, with the Pro version “coming shortly”. They also announced the prices of the HONOR Flypods Lite and HONOR Soundstone.

Here are the official global and local HONOR 20 series price list, including new HONOR accessories  :

  • HONOR 20 Pro (8GB + 256GB) : €599 / ~US$670 / ~£528 / ~RM 2,049 (estimated)
  • HONOR 20 (6GB + 128GB) : €499 / ~US$558 / ~£440 / RM 1,699
  • HONOR Flypods Lite : RM 349 / ~US$83 / ~£66 / ~€75
  • HONOR Soundstone : RM 149 / ~US$36 / ~£28 / ~€32

At the time they announced the HONOR 20 price list, they did not specify exactly when they would be available, only that they will be available “very soon“, due to the Trump ban

However, we can now confirm that they will be made available for sale starting 21 June 2019.

 

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Proton Reveals 2019 Iriz + Persona Price, Models + Packages!

After they gave us a sneak peek of the 2019 Persona last month, Proton officially launched the 2019 Iriz and 2019 Persona at a glitzy event in the KL Convention Centre.

Here is our coverage of the launch event, as well as the 2019 Iriz and Persona models, price list and special packages!

 

Standing In The Eyes Of The World

This is, arguably, the central theme of the launch event. As the first collaborations with China’s Geely, the 2019 Iriz and 2019 Persona represents a comeback for the pride of the nation.

Proton, literally, wants to stand again in the eyes of the world for something notable. And they are hoping that these two new models will mark the beginning of their turnaround.

 

The 2019 Iriz + Persona Key Features Revealed!

We had earlier showcased the 2019 Persona, but this time, Proton shares the key features of the 2019 Iriz too.

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The 2019 Iriz + Persona Price List

In this video, Proton Deputy CEO Dato’ Radzaif Mohamed and Proton CEO Dr. Li Chunrong, reveal the 2019 Iriz and Persona price list and special packages.

The 2019 Iriz Price List

2019 Proton Iriz Models On-The-Road Price (Without Insurance)
Peninsular Malaysia East Malaysia
1.3L Standard MT RM 36,700 RM 38,700
1.6L Standard CVT RM 39,700 RM 41,700
1.3L Executive CVT RM 44,700 RM 46,700
1.6L Executive CVT RM 46,700 RM 48,700
1.6L Premium CVT RM 50,700 RM 52,700

The 2019 Persona Price List

2019 Proton Persona Models On-The-Road Price (Without Insurance)
Peninsular Malaysia East Malaysia
1.6L Standard MT RM 42,600 RM 44,600
1.6L Standard CVT RM 44,600 RM 48,600
1.6L Executive CVT RM 49,600 RM 51,600
1.6L Premium CVT RM 54,600 RM 56,600

 

The 2019 Iriz + Persona Special Packages

Proton also announced these five special packages to sweeten the deal for these two models.

Packages 2019 Proton Iriz / Persona
Data Package 5 Years FREE Internet Data Package (1 GB per month)
Service Package FREE Labout For 3 Scheduled Service Appointments (up to 20,000 km)
Road Tax Package FREE 2 years of road tax for cars booked perior to launch
FREE 2 years of road tax for the first 1,000 units registered
Low Fianncing Rate Low interest rates starting from 2.93% p.a.
Insurance Coverage Waiver of betterment costs for up to 10 years
Agreed Value Coverage for up to 12 years
Key Care Cover up to RM 1,000
Flood Relief Allowance of up to RM 1,000
All Drivers Coverage at no extra cost
Personal Accident Coverage of up to RM 15,000

 

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New Bose Concept Store @ 1 Utama Launched By Noriko!

There is a new Bose Concept Store in Malaysia, and it’s located in 1 Utama Shopping Centre! Check out the launch event video, and store walkthrough!

 

The New Bose Concept Store @ 1 Utama

The new Concept Store is located in the 1 Utama Shopping Centre – one of Malaysia’s largest malls. It provides a new convenient location to try out and purchase original Bose products in the Klang Valley.

The 916 square feet Concept Store boasts a Demo Room, where customers can enjoy the full Bose experience, as well as a complete range of Bose audio solutions.

 

Bose Concept Store Location

Location : S336, Second Floor, 1 Utama New Wing
Contact Number : 03-7625-4378

 

Bose Frames, Wellness + Wearables

At the launch event, Christian Rojas, Market Development Leader of Bose Southeast Asia & Korea, also revealed that they will be introducing new Bose Wellness and Wearables products. This includes their Bose Frames eyewear, and Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds.

 

Noriko

Noriko Sdn Bhd is a Thakral Group company, and an authorised premium reseller for Bose.

 

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HONOR 20 Lite Price + Deals In Malaysia Revealed!

We had earlier given you a sneak preview of the HONOR 20 Lite, also known as the HONOR 10i. Now, we reveal to you the HONOR 20 Lite price and deals in Malaysia!

 

The HONOR 20 Lite Launch Presentation

Let’s start with a quick primer on the HONOR 20 Lite and its key features by Clarissa Ng, Marketing Director of HONOR Malaysia.

Triple-Lens Camera

The HONOR 20 Lite has a triple-lens camera module that consists of an 8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4 aperture), a 24 MP main camera (f/1.8 aperture), and a 2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4 aperture).

The depth sensor does not actually take any pictures. Instead, it lets the camera to more accurately differentiate the subject from its background, allowing for more realistic software bokeh effects.

32 MP Selfie Camera

The HONOR 20 Lite has a new, higher-resolution 32 MP front camera with a large and bright f/2.0 aperture. This is an upgrade from the 24 MP front camera of the HONOR 10 Lite.

The bright f/2.0 lens allows it to better handle low-light conditions – important since the front camera does not have any flash.

Performance

The HONOR 20 Lite is powered by the Kirin 710, which is a fast mid-range mobile SoC. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage – plenty of both for most users!

For more details, take a look at our HONOR 20 Lite (HONOR 10i) Sneak Preview!

 

The HONOR 20 Lite Price + Availability In Malaysia

The HONOR 20 Lite will start selling at HONOR Experience Stores beginning 26 April 2019, at the recommended retail price of RM 949 / ~US$229 / ~£176 / ~€203.

But HONOR will make them available TWO DAYS EARLIER on Shopee and the HONOR Online Store – on 24 April 2019.

Love the HONOR 20 Lite price? Now, check out the launch deals!

The HONOR 20 Lite Deals In Malaysia

Shopee

The first 500 purchases of the HONOR 20 Lite on Shopee will receive a branded drawstring bag and RM 30 worth of Shopee Coins.

The subsequent 1,000 purchases will receive an HONOR Gift Box and RM 30 worth of Shopee Coins.

HONOR

The first 50 purchases made in the HONOR Online Store will receive an HONOR Gift Box.

The first 500 purchases at HONOR Experience Stores will receive a branded drawstring bag.

 

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HUAWEI P30 Malaysia Launch With Incredible Prices + Deals!

Malaysia has always had a special place in HUAWEI’s heart. Hence, it was no surprise at the HUAWEI P30 Malaysia launch when they announced incredible prices and deals for the new P30 and P30 Pro smartphones!

 

The HUAWEI P30 Malaysia Launch

Earlier, we shared with you the P30 Pro and P30 key features, as well as its global price list and colour options.

Today, we share with you the official tech briefing and Q&A session at the HUAWEI P30 Malaysia launch event!

The Official HUAWEI P30 + P30 Pro Tech Briefing

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The Official HUAWEI P30 + P30 Pro Q&A Session

Recommended : The HUAWEI P30 Pro vs HUAWEI P30 Comparison Guide!

The Incredible HUAWEI P30 Prices + Deals!

Delivering the special HUAWEI P30 Malaysia prices and deals was none other than Luke Au, GTM Director, Consumer Business Group, HUAWEI Malaysia!

These HUAWEI P30 Malaysia models, colour options, and prices will be available from 6 April 2019 onwards.

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  • HUAWEI P30 (8 GB + 128 GB)
    – Three colour options : Breathing Crystal / Aurora / Black
    RRP : RM 2,699 / ~US$ 660 / £699.99 / ~€ 590
    26% cheaper than global price!
  • HUAWEI P30 Pro (8 GB + 256 GB)
    – Three colour options : Breathing Crystal / Aurora / Black
    RRP : RM 3,799 / ~US$ 929 / £ 1,123.16 / ~€ 830
    24.5% cheaper than global price!
  • HUAWEI P30 Pro (8 GB + 512 GB)
    – Three colour options : Aurora
    RRP : RM 4,399 / ~US$ 1,076 / ~£ 826 / ~€ 961
    23% cheaper than global price!

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If that huge discount is not good enough, HUAWEI is offering the following P30 Malaysia freebies :

  • HUAWEI P30 (8 GB + 128 GB) – FREE Wireless Charging Back Cover (worth RM 268) + 10,000 man HUAWEI Power Bank
  • HUAWEI P30 Pro (8 GB + 256 GB) – FREE Snorkeling Cover (worth RM 428)
  • HUAWEI P30 Pro (8 GB + 512 GB) – FREE Snorkeling Cover (worth RM 428)

And if you purchase the HUAWEI P30 or P30 Pro on 6 April 2019, you will receive an Early Bird Reward – a FREE 1 TB HUAWEI Back-Up Drive worth RM 599 / ~US$ 146 / ~£ 112 / ~€ 131.

So, if you are in town, or even just passing by, take opportunity of this special status to grab a new HUAWEI smartphone… or two!

 

HUAWEI MateBook 13 Price + Availability

Luke also revealed the price and availability of the HUAWEI MateBook 13 laptop, which will be offered in two configurations.

Both models are available for sale from 6 April 2019 onwards.

 

HUAWEI Watch GT Active + Elegant Price + Availability

He also revealed three new HUAWEI Watch GT Active and Elegant models for men and ladies.

The 46 mm HUAWEI Watch GT Active will be sold at RM 899 / ~US$ 220 / ~£ 168 / ~€ 196 from 6 April 2019 onwards.

The 42 mm HUAWEI Watch GT Elegant will be sold at RM 799 / ~US$ 195 / ~£ 149 / ~€ 175 from 4 May 2019 onwards

 

Coming Soon : HUAWEI Audio + Eyewear Accessories!

Finally, Luke gave us a sneak peek of what HUAWEI will be introducing soon  – a mini Bluetooth speaker, HUAWEI Freelace and the HUAWEI – Gentle Monster Eyewear!

 

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Launch Briefing + Price List!

Xiaomi just unveiled the Redmi Note 7, which continues the Redmi tradition of offering a large display with excellent battery life! Here are the full details!

 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Revealed!

Unveiling the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 smartphone’s key features was the affable Allen An, Country Manager of Xiaomi Malaysia and Singapore!

All-New Design!

The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 has a large 6.3-inch Dot Drop display that supports 84% NTSC colour gamut! It has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2380 pixels with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The Note 7 will come in three beautiful colours – Space Black, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red. And yes, it retains the 3.5 mm audio port, as well as the IR emitter so you can use it as a remote control!

New 48 MP Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 boasts a new 48 MP camera built around the Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor.

The ISOCELL GM1 sensor supports the Samsung Tetracell technology, allowing it to merge four pixels into one large 1.6 μm pixel. This allows it to greatly increase light sensitivity in low-light conditions, delivering 12 MP pictures that are much brighter and clearer.

Reliable Performance

The Redmi Note 7 runs on the old but dependable Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE mobile SoC, and is powered by a large 4,000 mAh battery.

It supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 through its USB Type C port, allowing for much faster battery recharging speeds.

Protection

The Note 7 is protected in the front and back by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is not water-resistant, but has watertight seals for its buttons and ports to reduce the impact of accidental water splashes.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Models + Prices

Xiaomi will offer three Redmi Note 7 models :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 679 / ~US$ 167 / ~£ 126
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 799 / ~US$ 196 / ~£ 148
  • 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 949 / ~US$ 233 / ~£ 176

Here are some direct purchase links :

Sales will kick off on 27 March 2019, with three colour options – Space Black, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red.

For the first time ever, Xiaomi will cover the Note 7 with an exclusive 18-month warranty!

 

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Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney – A Quick Tour!

Microsoft Ignite 2019 is here in Sydney! It was sold out, of course, but we managed to get a ticket.

So here is our quick tour for everyone else who could not make it, but wanted to see what it’s all about!

 

Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney

The Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney is a Microsoft tech conference for developers and tech professionals. For two days, it offers skill-building workshops, networking opportunities and access to top Microsoft engineers. No wonder tickets were quickly sold out!

For developers and tech professionals who want to learn how to better leverage Microsoft’s cloud services, the 2019 Microsoft Ignite is a rare opportunity to learn directly from those who build Power BI, Microsoft 365, and Azure.

  • Building your Applications for the Cloud – Learn how to architect and build your applications to take advantage of the scale that the cloud offers.
  • Deploying your Desktop & Infrastructure – Discover how to begin your journey to the cloud and what steps you need to both move your infrastructure and deploy your desktop.
  • ‘Getting the most of your Data – Learn how to use AI and Machine Learning to gain new understanding using existing data within your organisation.
  • Migrating Applications to the Cloud – Learn what it takes to modernise your applications and prepare them for successful migration to the cloud.
  • Optimise Teamwork in your Organisation – Reveal the collaborative workforce within your business and learn how to build effective teams.
  • Securing your Organisation – Build a secure organisation without compromising the productivity of your business.

 

Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney : A Quick Tour!

Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney was held in the International Convention Center Sydney (ICC Sydney) over two days – 13th and 14th February 2019. Yes, even on Valentine’s Day. These are truly dedicated professionals!

The Microsoft Ignite 2019 @ Sydney covered two halls, as well as several lecture halls. In our quick tour, we take a look at the Hub, where participants get to interact directly with Microsoft professionals and their partners.

Note : We intentionally recorded our tour while most participants were inside the lecture halls for the workshops. Otherwise, the halls would be swarmed with people, making it difficult for us to record our tour.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Showcase

As the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia concluded a day earlier, Microsoft also took the opportunity to showcase the projects of the 12 top Asian teams.

We highly recommend you check out what these young entrepreneurs came up with this year. Be inspired by their creativity!

 

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These 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Winners Will Change The World

Asia has chosen their representatives to the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championships – Team Caeli from India! They also honoured Team RailinNova from China and Team AidUSC from the Philippines. Congratulations!

 

What Is The Imagine Cup?

Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition.

Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.

The five Imagine Cup judges evaluated the merits of these 12 top teams in a three-step process :

  • a 3-minute product presentation
  • 5 minutes of hands-on time
  • a Q&A session

To avoid bias and group-think, the judges evaluated the teams independently, and even used an application to anonymously tabulate the results.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Winners

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Champion : Team Caeli from India

Team Caeli won over the hearts of the judges with their automated Anti-Pollution and Drug delivery mask specifically designed for patients that are suffering from asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions.

Their face mask had breakthrough features that will significantly improve the quality of life for patients with respiratory issues living in polluted areas.

Team Caeli will receive USD15,000 and head to the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championship, which will be held in Seattle in May.

If they win the World Championship, they will win USD100,000 in cash, a USD50,000 Azure grant, and a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella!

1st Runner-Up : Team RailinNova from China

Team RailinNova developed the Rail Component Inspection Robot, which determines and identifies rail defects through multi-sensor monitoring. The solution strives to help railway companies to solve any issues more efficiently, and more economically.

For their excellence, Team RailinNova will receive a USD5,000 cash prize.

2nd Runner-Up : Team AidUSC from the Philippines

Team AidUSC came up with Aqua Check, a water contamination mobile application that enables detection of contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope. It won them third place, and a USD1,000 cash prize.

 

Special Mention : The Other 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Teams

Having watched all 12 teams in action, we must point out that all 12 Asian teams were truly exceptional. They impressed us, not only with the depth of knowledge, but also their poise and ability to think out-of-the-box in the conception and execution of their projects.

We also admire how their projects were created with social impact in mind. This gives us great hope in the new generation of entrepreneurs, who are seeking to improve society as a whole. We are all winners with young entrepreneurs of their caliber.

 

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The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Teams Introduce Themselves!

On the eve of the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia competition in Sydney, we met with the top 12 Asian teams that will compete for a coveted spot in the 2019 Imagine Cup 2019 World Championship!

Let’s take a look at the twelve awesome Asian teams, and see the innovative ideas they will be pitching in the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals!

 

What Is The Imagine Cup?

Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals

This year, Microsoft organised the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals in Sydney, Australia. Hundreds of teams from 17 Asian countries submitted their projects, but just twelve great teams won a shot to participate in the Asia Regional Finals.

These twelve teams will compete for US$20,000 in prizes on 12 February, but only one team will win the ultimate prize – an all-expenses paid trip to the World Finals in Seattle!

There, the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will participate along the best and brightest teams from across the globe to claim the title of World Champion, US$100,000 cash prize, and the chance to take home the Imagine Cup!

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finalists


RailinNova

Country : China

Project : Rail Component Inspection Robot

Their Rail Component Inspection Robot (which combines AI and IoT) operates through automatic positioning, and identifies various defects through multi-sensor fusion in order to realise the replacement of workers in a rail inspection project.


Alpha-India

Country : India

Project : Spot – AR Based Product Filtering

Spot allows you to recognise packaged foods and check if it contains a certain ingredient or exhibits a certain character.

If a tourist visits India, he is unaware of what he can eat because packets have information written in a foreign language.


Caeli

Country : India

Project : Caeli – Breathe Freely

Caeli is a smart automated Anti-Pollution and Drug delivery mask specifically designed for Asthmatic and Chronic Respiratory Patients.

Caeli implements breakthrough features to improve the quality of life for respiratory patients living in polluted areas.


RVSAFE

Country : India

Project : RVSAFE

Disasters often strike, when we are least prepared to face them. They leave behind a trail of destruction, adversely affecting human life, and property.

The loss caused by disasters can be significantly reduced with better communication and proper management. Keeping this in mind, we designed RVSAFE, a one-stop solution for effectively handling any kind of disasters (natural or man-made).


CodeSell

Country : Indonesia

Project : Selection – Social Media

Sellution is a software as a service (SaaS) to help SMEs to perform social media marketing, not just in an easy way, but is also effective and efficient.

Sellution’s main features are optimizing marketing content, help finding the right audience, and recommendations.


Fhisherman

Country : Korea

Project : Fishing Phishing

Fishing Phishing by the Fhisherman team from Korea is a smartphone application that uses Machine Learning to analyse call voices in real-time.

It is designed to detect scam calls and warn the users!


SUFECS

Country : Malaysia

Project : Smart Urban Farming with Automated Environmental Controlled Systems (SUFECS)

SUFECS was developed to transform the farming experiences of urban farmer.

With SUFECS, farmers can monitor and control the artificial environment to achieve the most suitable environment for crops.


LookUP

Country : New Zealand

Project : LookUP

It is estimated one in five people in the world are dyslexic. However, most QnA platforms are completely text-based.

LookUP is a medium in which the dyslexic and non-dyslexic communities can effectively collaborate and learn from one another.


AidUSC

Country : The Philippines

Project : Aqua Check – Water Contamination Mobile Application

Aqua Check utilises Microsoft Azure’s Custom Vision to empower anyone to analyse for contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope.

Using Azure Web and Azure Maps, we are able to map the contamination locations.


InclusiveAR

Country : Singapore

Project : Mobile Augmented Reality Navigation Application for Wheelchair Users

This project aims to develop a mobile application, InclusiveAR, to assist wheelchair users in travelling.

InclusiveAR will map out wheelchair-accessible routes and provide visual guidance to direct wheelchair users to their destinations using AR.


The Straw Hats

Country : Sri Lanka

Project : Mind Probe

Our project aims to help people with disabilities like ALS, DMD, etc. which impair their ability to communicate.

We tap into their brain waves and use that to predict the number they are thinking and use that information to interface with a smartphone.


Maker Playground

Country : Thailand

Project : Maker Playground

Maker Playground is a next-generation IDE for IoT project development from developing device firmware, generating circuit diagram, programming your device, and designing an IoT dashboard all in one software.

 

See You @ The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia!

Congratulations to the 12 awesome teams!

Later today,, they will present their projects at the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals… and by 5 PM, we will find out who the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will be!

 

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The Five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Judges Revealed!

The top 12 student developer teams from Asia are now in Sydney preparing to present a live demo of their projects. If they impress these five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges, they stand to win US$20,000 in prizes, and the coveted spot in the World Championship!

So who are the five 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges? Let’s find out!

 

What Is The Imagine Cup?

Held and sponsored by Microsoft since 2003, the Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. Teams of students from across the globe work together with mentors and industry leaders to bring their biggest and boldest ideas to life.

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals

This year, Microsoft organised the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Finals in Sydney, Australia. Hundreds of teams from 17 Asian countries submitted their projects, but just twelve great teams won a shot to participate in the Asia Regional Finals!

These twelve teams will compete for US$20,000 in prizes on 12 February, but only one team will win the ultimate prize – an all-expenses paid trip to the World Finals in Seattle!

There, the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Champion will participate along the best and brightest teams from across the globe to claim the title of World Champion, US$100,000 cash prize, and the chance to take home the Imagine Cup!

 

The 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Judges

The four 2019 Imagine Cup Asia judges will review each team’s project pitch and ultimately decide who will move forward to the 2019 World Championship this May for a chance to win USD100,000 plus a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Rachel Bondi

Marketing & Operations Director Microsoft Australia

As the Marketing and Operations Director, Rachel Bondi is responsible for the development and execution of marketing strategies across the full range of Microsoft’s products and services in Australia.

She also leads the business operations for the local subsidiary including long-term planning initiatives.

Kate Carruthers

Chief Data Officer at UNSW, Author and founder of IoT MAus

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is co-founder of several startups, including IoTM, and currently advises a number of startups.

Justin Garrett

Director in Academic Ecosystems at Microsoft

Justin Garrett is Director in Academic Ecosystems at Microsoft. Justin and his team work closely with university faculty, product engineers, and Cloud Advocates to create engaging learning experiences for student developers.

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team, volunteering at an animal shelter with his daughter, and is an avid Pacific Northwest skier-mountaineer.

Mike Pesce

Author, Inventor & Futurist

Mark Pesce is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur, and innovator. He has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences and leadership gatherings.

Emily Rich

Managing Director for Aus/NZ Microsoft for Startups

Emily co-founded Jemsoft, an AI company, which was then acquired in 2017. Emily went on to co-found M8 Ventures, a venture capital fund, whose concentration is working alongside founders to build out robust commercialisation and sustained growth strategies.

Emily joined Microsoft as Managing Director of Startups for ANZ where she is committed to building out startup initiatives for this region for both startups and scaleups.

 

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The HUAWEI nova 4 Price, Features + Pre-Order Details!

HUAWEI first revealed the nova 4 in December 2018, but now it’s finally coming for real. Here is everything you need to know about the HUAWEI nova 4 with the world’s first Punch FullView Display!

Updated @ 2019-02-03 : Added the pre-order links, and additional details.

Originally posted @ 2019-01-17

 

HUAWEI nova 4

The HUAWEI nova 4 boasts the world’s first Punch FullView Display. It is also their first mid-range nova smartphone to feature triple cameras in the back.

The nova 4 is powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 970 flagship mobile SoC, and runs on EMUI 9.0. It comes with 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal flash storage, and a 3,750 mAh battery.

Punch FullView Display

The HUAWEI nova 4 sports a 6.4-inch Punch FullView display. It takes bezel-less displays to new heights with a minimalist blind hole opening for the 25 MP front camera.

This design allows HUAWEI to eliminate the notch and achieve a screen-to-TP ratio of 91.8%.

The 25 MP front camera under the Punch FullView display is the industry’s smallest camera, measuring at only 3.05 mm – 20 percent smaller than the current industry standard.

The opening on the display is a blind hole, meaning the screen is not completely punched through. From assembly (sub-0.1mm margin of error) to adhesive application, the precise manufacturing processes minimise the light leakage from the edges of the blind hole.

Additionally, HUAWEI optimised the light transmittance performance of the blind hole so it is on par to a through hole.

Triple AI Cameras

In the rear, the HUAWEI nova 4 boasts Triple AI Cameras – a high-resolution 20 MP primary camera, a 16 MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 2 MP depth sensor, which HUAWEI calls a “bokeh lens”.

The main camera has a 20 MP sensor with 1.0 µm pixels, and is able to apply software bokeh effects to the background of its pictures with help from the 2 MP depth sensor.

The other camera pairs a 16 MP sensor with a 117-degree field of view. After adjusting for distortion, its performance is equivalent to a 103-degree 17 mm wide angle lens, capturing 2.4 times more information compared to 78-degree wide angle lens.

 

HUAWEI nova 4 Price + Availability

The HUAWEI nova 4 will be available for purchase from 14 February 2019 onwards, with two colour options – Black and Crush Blue. It has a launch price of RM 1,899 / ~US$ 462 / ~£360.

Here are some pre-order / purchase links for your convenience :

 

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Join The Netflix Bird Box Challenge At Berjaya Times Square!

Excited about the upcoming triller, Bird Box? Did you know you can test your skills in the Netflix Bird Box Challenge? Find out just how to do that!

 

What Is Bird Box All About?

Bird Box is a compelling new thriller that will be launched globally on Netflix on Friday, December 21 2018. The show features a stellar cast led by Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock with Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich, and directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier.

A pregnant Malorie Shannon hears the news that a wave of hysteria and suicide is spreading across America. Something very evil is taking root and a sinister “problem” is gripping the nation.

When her older sister, Jessica, was taken the “Problem”, Malorie learns about the “Problem” from a group of survivors. It is a supernatural evil entity that has the ability to become a victim’s worst fears and then drives them to the point of insanity. Eventually, it will force them to the brink of suicide.

When she loses contact with the group, Malorie must guide her young children through a forest and down a river in order to make it to a windowless safe haven. Because the Problem can only take a form if its seen, the journey must be done blindfolded.

 

Join The Netflix Bird Box Challenge!

Based on the upcoming thriller Bird Box by Netflix, a series of challenges have been set up at the Central Boulevard in Berjaya Time Square.

Participants will test their survival skills in a post-apocalyptic challenge that mimics a world where survival depends on one’s ability to navigate real-life challenges by listening and not by using one’s sense of sight.

“Listening” is vital for any participants brave enough to take on the challenge.

As participants advances through the levels, survival instincts kicks in but no matter what happens, participants’ eyes should remain shut to make it to safety.

Date : 21st- 23rd December, 2018
Time : 12pm – 10pm on 21st December; 10am – 10pm on 22nd & 23rd December
Venue : Central Boulevard, Berjaya Times Square

So join the world premiere of this Netflix original movie by taking part in the Bird Box Challenge!

 

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The Shopee Seller Awards 2018 Caps A Landmark Year!

Yesterday, Shopee honoured its expanding community of sellers at the Shopee Seller Awards 2018. Check it out, and find out who won the Shopee Seller Awards this year!

 

The Shopee Seller Awards 2018

The star-studded Shopee Seller Awards 2018 was graced by YB Datuk Muez bin Abd Aziz, Deputy Secretary General of Consumerism and Management, Group Chief Corporate Officer, Pos Laju, and celebrities such as Nora Danish and Zoey Rahman. Leading brands such as Nestlé, Honor, and Digi shared the stage with celebrities as Shopee celebrated a landmark year.

 

Shopee All Stars and Seller of the Year

A total of 14 accolades were given out at Shopee Seller Awards 2018 to honour the best sellers across various store categories. These include Lifestyle, Telecommunication, Fashion, and Electronics, with the most-coveted prizes being the Shopee Sellers of the Year for Shopee Mall and Marketplace. To keep things interesting, users could vote for the People’s Celebrity Award through a poll in the Shopee app.

Nestlé and Mono Digital were the biggest winners on the night, taking home the Shopee Seller of the Year Award for Mall and Marketplace respectively. Additionally, Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza won the People’s Celebrity Award, named by Shopee users for her official store SimplySiti on Shopee Celebrity Squad.

Award Award Type Winner
Best in Lifestyle Shopee Marketplace Odoso
Best in Lifestyle Shopee Mall MR DIY
Best in Fashion Shopee Marketplace Grimo
Best in Fashion Shopee Mall VOIR
Best in Consumer Goods Shopee Marketplace Wako
Best in Consumer Goods Shopee Mall Watsons
Best in Electronics Shopee Marketplace iBeli
Best in Electronics Shopee Mall Honor
Best in Lifestyle Shopee Marketplace BHP
Best in Telecommunication Partners Digi
Best in Financial Services Partners FPX
People’s Celebrity Award Partners Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza
Seller of the Year Shopee Marketplace Mono Digital
Seller of the Year Shopee Mall Nestlé

 

A Landmark Year For Shopee

Shopee enjoyed robust growth in the third quarter of 2018, with Gross orders and Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) increasing 24.0% and 21.1% respectively from the second quarter.

Shopee also reinforced its position as the online shopping destination of choice in the region, with the number of users growing by around 150% in the past year.

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The past year was an exciting one for Shopee Malaysia, with the following key highlights :

  • Around 16 million downloads to date;
  • Around 600 brands and retail partners on Shopee Mall, including leading brands like Watsons, MR DIY and VOIR;
  • Around 400,000 active sellers;
  • And around 450 employees to serve our sellers and buyers.

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