Did the Black Friday shopping phenomenon start with the sale of slaves after the Thanksgiving holiday?
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Black Friday Origins : Selling Of Slaves After Thanksgiving?
Photos of slaves being sold in the United States are circulating on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter as evidence that the term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling slaves after the Thanksgiving holiday.
The term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling off [sic] slaves on the day after Thanksgiving.
Now, do we really need to embrace this kind of torture? Or we are such foolish, that we don’t even research what is this so-called Black Friday and we become so exciting on something like this?
Truth : Black Friday Nothing To Do With Sale Of Slaves
The truth is – this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp.
Fact #1 : Black Friday Term Was First Used In 1950s
The earliest known use of the term Black Friday to refer to a particular day after the American Thanksgiving holiday can be traced back to the November 1951 edition of the journal, Factory Management and Maintenance, which referred to the practice of workers calling in sick on the day after Thanksgiving, to get a four-day weekend.
Around the same time (in the 1950s), Philadelphia and Rochester police were also using the terms Black Friday and Black Saturday to describe crowds and traffic congestion at the start of the Christmas shopping season.
Fact #2 : Black Friday Refers To Busiest Shopping Day In America
The term did not catch on until The New York Times referred to Black Friday as “the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year” on 29 November 1975.
It became more popular in the early 1980s, and The Philadelphia Inquirer explained Black Friday in 1981 as the day when retailers would no longer be “in the red”, and would finally start making money.
Since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States.
Fact #3 : Black Friday Had Nothing To Do With Sale Of Slaves
It may seem silly but we have to say it – the term Black Friday has nothing to do with the sale of slaves after Thanksgiving. It doesn’t even make sense!
America’s history with slaves is long and tortured, and extensively covered. Slaves were bought and sold throughout the year, and not on a particular Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Just in case you are wondering – no, there was no discount on slaves being sold right after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Note : We added the FALSE overlay to prevent the pictures from being further abused.
Fact #4 : Slavery Ended In The US In 1865
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January, 1863 – effectively making all slaves legally free.
However, it took the end of the American Civil War in 1865, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation throughout the entire United States of America.
On 6 December 1865, Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the emancipation. That day is now celebrated as a national holiday in 2021 – the Juneteenth National Independence Day.
Therefore, the poster showing slaves being sold in 1904 at a Black Friday sale in America is categorically false.
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The HUAWEI nova 9 features an RYYB Ultra Vision camera and a 32 MP selfie camera for those who enjoy taking photos and videos!
Find out if the nova 9 is the smartphone you have been waiting for!
HUAWEI nova 9 With RYYB Cameras For Content Creators!
The HUAWEI nova 9 smartphone is targeted at millennials who love taking photos and videos, and enjoy creating content and vlogging too!
To cater to photo + video enthusiasts, the nova 9 comes with a 50 MP RYYB Ultra Vision Camera and a 32 MP selfie camera with ultra slow-mo capability, and a slew of other cool features.
Here’s a quick round-up of its key features!
6.57-inch 120 Hz OLED Smooth Display
The first thing you will notice is the large, beautiful 6.57-inch OLED display, which boasts a P3 colour gamut with ΔE < 1 colour accuracy.
On top of that, it can refresh at up to 120 Hz, and has a touch sampling rate of 300 Hz – giving you silky smooth visuals with lightning quick touch response.
Powerful Mid-Range Platform!
The HUAWEI nova 9 is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G mobile platform, which offers :
a Kryo 670 Prime (A78-based) core running at 2.4 GHz,
three Kryo 670 Gold (A78-based) cores running at 2.2 GHz,
four Kryo 670 Silver (A55-based) cores running at 1.8 GHz
Adreno 642L GPU running at 490 MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is a new mid-range mobile SoC built on the 6 nm process, which offers preppy performance without the higher power consumption of flagship mobile SoC.
The nova 9 also uses Graphene and VC Liquid Cooling technology to keep the Snapdragon 778G cool, even in the most strenuous gaming session!
Flagship-Class Cameras In A Mid-Range Smartphone!
To cater to vloggers and content creators, HUAWEI introduced new camera technologies and a new RYYB sensor in the nova 9 smartphone.
In the front, it boasts a magnificent 32 MP selfie camera, with a large f/2.0 aperture and support for slow-motion 720p video recording at up to 240 fps!
At the back, it has a very high resolution 50 MP RYYB Ultra Vision camera, which features a larger sensor size of 1/1.56-inch and a wide aperture of f/1.9 . This camera not only records 4K video, it can record ultra slow-motion 720p video at up to 960 fps!
In addition, the 50 MP camera has an innovative RYYB colour filter array that lets it collect 40% more light, delivering superior low-light performance.
The nova 9 also sports an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, a 2 MP macro camera and a 2 MP depth sensor. But the camera hardware is just one part of the story.
Its XD Fusion Engine uses computational photography techniques to enhance the photos you take, while its Ultra Vision HDR Technology helps you shoot with ease in all kinds of environment.
Content creators will also love the new Dual-View video function, which gives you greater creativity for your videos and vlogs!
Stylish Ultra-Thin Design!
The HUAWEI nova 9 has a stylish ultra-thin design that is only 7.77 mm thick, and weighs just 175 grams.
Its chassis features a new advanced anti-glare Starry Flash AG Glass coating with a double-film and double-coated matte finish, with a star-inspired Star Orbit Ring on its rear camera.
It comes in two colour options – Pristine Black and the signature Starry Blue colour!
66W SuperFast Charging Battery!
The HUAWEI nova 9 comes with a large 4,300 mAh battery, that supports 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge.
You never need to worry about running out of battery, because a quick 38 minute charge gives you a full charge!
Full Suite Of Apps Through HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS)
The HUAWEI nova 9 has access to a full suite of important apps through the HUAWEI AppGallery, for banking, social media, food & beverage, e-wallet, shopping and of course, games!
Best of all – you only need to use a single HUAWEI ID to access the HUAWEI AppGallery across your different HUAWEI devices. Parents can also enable parental control function to restrict access and limit how much time children can use their devices or browse the Internet.
Its built-in Email app lets you manage multiple email accounts – Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo; while Petal Search gives you access to an AI-powered mobile search engine for a better browsing experience. It can even look for apps in trusted third-party stores, giving you even more options outside of HUAWEI AppGallery.
HUAWEI nova 9 : How To Pre-Order One!
You can pre-order the HUAWEI nova 9 from 8 to 19 November 2021 for just RM1,999 at these online and offline stores in Malaysia :
Free Wireless Charger Duo and Clear Cover with Ring
Samsung Care+ protection (1 year), which covers accidental damage, including screen replacement, water damage and back cover replacement
In the United States, you will get these offers or freebies when you buy a Galaxy Z Flip 3 :
50% off Samsung Galaxy Buds2
Free 4 months of YouTube Premium
Free 6 months of SiriusXM Streaming
Free 3 months of Spotify Premium
In the United Kingdom, you will get this freebie + offer when you buy a Galaxy Z Flip 3 :
Free 4 months of YouTube Premium
5% cash back on Samsung.com purchases using Samsung Pay+
In Australia, you will get these offers when you buy a Galaxy Z Flip 3 :
Bonus $300 when you trade-in an eligible device
50% off Samsung Care+
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 : Hands-On + Key Features!
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 boasts a large 6.7-inch Infinity Flex display, with a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel that has a 120 Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels.
In the front, it has a small 1.9-inch Cover Display with a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 260 x 512 pixels.
Its foldable display has a new protective film made from stretchable PET, and newly-optimised display panel layers that is 80% more durable than the Z Fold2 display. The foldable display is now verified to withstand folding at least 200,000 times!
Its chassis is made with Armor Aluminium, and the Cover Display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. Its Dual Pixel main camera is also protected by Gorilla Glass with DX.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is water-resistant in up to 1.5 metres of freshwater for up to 30 minutes, but is not dust-resistant due to its foldable display and folding mechanism. Hence, it is IPX8-rated.
To protect against dust and other particles, its Hideaway Hinge has enhanced Sweeper technology, with shorter bristles.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is built around the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform, with 8 GB of memory, and either 128 GB or 256 GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage.
Its redesigned Cover Screen is now 4X larger, making it easier to view notifications and messages without opening the Z Flip 3.
You will be able to check your schedule, the weather, and your daily step count with the new Cover Screen widgets. You can even coordinate its wallpaper with the new Galaxy Watch4 or Galaxy Watch4 Classic!
In the front, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a 10 MP punch hole camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, in the front.
And at the back, it has a dual-camera system :
12 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
Powering all that is a 3,300 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, which supports 15 watt fast charging, and 10 watt wireless charging. It can even wireless recharge other devices, albeit at just 4.5 watts.
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vivo Malaysia is offering AWESOME deals during the LazMall Super Brand Spotlight – happening THESE TWO DAYS!
So check out these great offers, and grab them before the clock runs out!
AWESOME vivo Deals During LazMall Super Brand Spotlight!
During the 2-day LazMall Super Brand Spotlight – from 9 May until 10 May 2021 – you will be able to purchase a vivo smartphone for as low as RM 359, and redeem exclusive gifts worth RM 498 and vouchers worth up to RM 100!
Be amongst the first in Malaysia to try out the new vivo V21 series at their Superday Roadshow, and these special deals at the roadshows!
vivo V21 Series Superday Roadshow Deals!
The vivo V21 Series Superday Roadshow just kicked off at two locations, with some great deals!
Plaza Low Yat : 3 May until 9 May, 11 AM to 9 PM daily, and
Central i-City Mall : 5 May until 9 May, 10:30 AM to 10 PM daily
Both roadshows not only offer you the chance to try out the new vivo V20 Series smartphones, you can also participate in the Superday roadshow game stations to win attractive prizes!
These roadshows also offer you the opportunity to discuss with sales representatives about vivo’s device trade-in program.
In addition, the first 50 customers on 5 May will be able to purchase the latest vivo Wireless Sport Lite (worth RM159) at just RM 9 to RM 59!
Meanwhile, if you purchase any vivo smartphone worth RM500 and above, you can take part in the vivo “Hati Rapat, Raya Berkat” spin and win contest, where you can win exciting prizes worth up to RM 68,888!
Finally, any purchase of the vivo V21 Series smartphone during the Superday Roadshow will come with a 1-year extended warranty, 1-year screen crack protection, as well as exclusive gifts worth up to RM 360!
Those are really some great deals at that vivo V21 Superday Roadshow!
vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : 44 MP Selfie FTW!
Both vivo V21 and V21e smartphones offer a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature. Let’s take a look at their key features :
The vivo V21 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, while the V21e runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G.
They both have 8 GB of RAM, with the ability to expand it with 3 GB of Extended Memory (virtual memory).
They both come with 128 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.
44 MP Selfie Camera
Both smartphones come with a 44 MP selfie camera, with a wide f/2.0 aperture; and support for Super Night Selfie and AI Night Portrait.
The higher-end vivo V21 boasts two world leading features :
its 44 MP selfie camera supports optical image stabilisation (OIS), which allows you to take super-steady photos and videos even while walking!
it is the first phone to feature Dual Selfie Spotlight, for radiant selfies even in low light conditions!
Triple Rear Cameras
Both models feature the same triple camera setup – a 64 MP main camera, an 8 MP wide-angle camera, and a 2 MP macro camera.
The higher-end vivo V21 main’s camera has a slightly wider f/1.79 aperture, compared to f/1.89 for the V21e.
6.44-inch AMOLED Display
They both come with a 6.44-inch AMOLED display, which is HDR10 certified.
The higher-end vivo V21’s display is brighter at 500 nits, and comes with a higher 90 Hz refresh rate.
Large Fast-Charging Battery
Both models run on a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 33 watt fast charging. And yes, they both come with the 33 watt charger in box!
These early adopters received a whole bunch of freebies. In exchange, they had to learn how to live without Google Mobile Services, with help from HUAWEI through an exclusive service hotline and WhatsApp channel.
And now, they will serve as HUAWEI’s unofficial geek squad! That is why you need a referral code from one of these existing Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro owners, to be able to purchase a unit under the Referral Program.
In response to the sale of counterfeit goods on their platform, Carousell introduced the Carousell Rights Owners Programme (CROP).
Find out what the Carousell Rights Owners Programme is all about, and what it means to brands and Carousell buyers and sellers!
The Carousell Rights Owners Programme (CROP)
In response to criticism that a number of sellers on their platforms were selling counterfeit goods, Carousell initiated the Carousell Rights Owners Programme (CROP) in December 2018.
Under the Carousell Rights Owners Programme (CROP), trusted brands are given the power to directly remove listings of counterfeits on Carousell with zero processing time.
CROP gives brands assurance that their rights are being protected, and Carousell users the confidence to buy and sell legitimate goods on the platform.
Why Carousell Created CROP
Carousell officially had prohibited selling counterfeit goods or replicas that violate intellectual property rights. However, prior to CROP, it required a lengthy process of flagging the item to the actual takedown by the Carousell brand protection team.
CROP drastically reduces the time needed to takedown counterfeit listings, and obviates the need for them to expand their brand protection team. In the last nine months, brands have used CROP to take down 13,000 listings.
Carousell has only allowed a selected number of brands to join CROP and access its content moderation tools. They include Nike, Grab and luxury group Kering which owns brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta.
However, Carousell did not detail any recourse for sellers whose genuine items were wrongly identified as counterfeits, and taken down by CROP.
Retail sale of the HUAWEI nova 5T kicks off on 7 September 2019, and here are the top 5 reasons why you should buy this HUAWEI smartphone for just RM 1,599!
The Top 5 Reasons To Buy The HUAWEI nova 5T!
The HUAWEI nova 5T is one of the most compelling mid-range smartphones in the market today, offering flagship-class performance with an exquisite design at a highly affordable price.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should buy the HUAWEI nova 5T over its competitors :
Reason #1 : The HUAWEI nova 5T has 5 AI cameras!
Different scenes require different lenses, which is why DSLR cameras can switch lenses. Unfortunately, smartphones can’t do that.
The HUAWEI nova 5T works around that problem with five separate AI cameras so you can select the best camera for the scene!
32 MP Selfie Camera
The front 32 MP camera combines a large f/2.0 aperture and 4-in-1 pixel fusion to create brighter, clearer selfies even in poor lighting conditions.
But that’s not all. It automatically uses AI technology to create the best possible selfies by balancing exposure and backlighting, while enhancing the background.
48 MP Main Camera
The 48 MP main camera uses a class-leading 1/2-inch Sony IMX586 sensor with a very bright f/1.8 aperture for professional-quality shots.
At night, the AI-powered Super Night Mode uses intelligent light sensing, image de-noising, long exposure and stabilisation technology to deliver incredible, blur-free photos… without using a tripod!
16 MP Ultra-Wide Camera
Wide-angle photos are incredible at conveying the grand scale of architectures and landscapes, making them look much more dramatic and interesting.
The HUAWEI nova 5T‘s 16 MP ultra-wide camera does that, even at night, thanks to its bright f/2.2 aperture.
2 MP Macro Camera
DSLRs have to use special macro lenses to take close-up photos, but thanks to its dedicated Macro Camera, the HUAWEI nova 5T can take close-up photos from just 4 cm away from the subject!
2 MP depth sensor
The 2 MP depth sensor lets the 48 MP main camera distinguish the background from the subject. The Kirin 980‘s image signal processor uses that information to create stunning portraits with incredible background bokeh in real-time!
Reason #2 : The HUAWEI nova 5T has a premium look and feel
You don’t need to buy an expensive flagship device for that premium look and feel. The HUAWEI nova 5T looks and feels like a flagship device that cost 2-3X as much!
In the front, it boasts an ultra-small 4.5 mm camera cutout, with an astounding 91.6% screen-to-body ratio!
For a better hand feel and grip, HUAWEI used a metal frame made out of aerospace-grade aluminium. It also boasts a 2.5D glass back, with a new 3D holographic effect.
Thanks to these painstaking attention to detail, the HUAWEI nova 5T looks and feels like an ultra-premium flagship smartphone! You have to try it out for yourself!
Interesting Note : The Midsummer Purple version has a monogram pattern with a hidden meaning. When viewed sideways, it looks like a boy stretching his arms to hug a girl.
Reason #3 : The HUAWEI nova 5T delivers flagship performance!
Acer Malaysia just kicked off Acer Day 2019 at Mid Valley Megamall, with the theme – Freedom To Play.
Here is everything you need to know about the Acer Day 2019 deals and promotions, which runs from now until the end of September 2019!
The Acer Day 2019 Launch Event
The Acer Day 2019 campaign actually lasts from 29 July until 30 September 2019. However, they officially launched Acer Day 2019 today at Mid Valley Megamall, with a roadshow over the weekend.
Acer also took the opportunity to launch the 2019 Aspire 3 and 5 laptops, and a new Acer PM161Q portable monitor…
The 2019 Acer Aspire Series
The 2019 Aspire 3 and 5 laptops have been refreshed with NVIDIA GeForce MX230 and MX250 graphics, and new Intel Core processor options.
The new Acer Aspire 5 has a 14-inch IPS display, but with a 10% smaller footprint and is 16.7% lighter than its predecessor.
The 2019 Aspire 5 is available with an Intel Core i7 processor with immediate effect for RM 3,099 / ~US$746 / ~£615 / ~A$1,098.
The Core i5 model is priced at RM 2,499 / ~US$601 / ~£496 / ~A$855, and will be available by the end of August 2019. The Core i3 model, price yet unknown, will also be available at the end of August as well.
The 2019 Acer Aspire 3 has a 15.6-inch Full HD display, and retails for RM 2,399 / ~US$577 / ~£476 / ~A$850 with immediate availability.
The 2019 Steam Lunar New Year Sale just kicked off! Is there anything great? What is Steam offering gamers this year? Read on and find out!
The 2019 Steam Lunar New Year Sale
Another festival, another excuse for a Steam sale! For the 2019 Steam Lunar New Year Sale, Steam is offering a slew of discounted games. On top of that, they are offering discounts and other time-limited gifts.
Discount On First Purchase
Steam will give you US$5 / £5 off the first purchase of $30 / £30 and above, or the local equivalent in currency. Here in Malaysia, they are offering RM 10 off the first purchase of RM 60 and above.
This 16.7% discount applies to both games that are on sale, and those that are normal-priced. It will only be valid for purchases made between 4 February 2019, 10 am PST and 11 February, 10 am PST.
FREE 2019 Steam Lunar New Year Red Envelope
Even if you do NOT intend to buy any game during the sale period, you will receive a FREE red envelope. Inside, you will find tokens that can be redeemed for discounts and bonuses during the sale period.
The amount of tokens you receive in your red envelope depends on how much you spent in Steam earlier. But even if you did not spend a single cent, you will receive a token sum of 100 tokens (pun intended!).
This offer is good until 13 February 2019, 2 AM CST.
Getting More Tokens
Purchasing games during 2019 Steam Lunar New Year Sale will give you extra tokens. You will receive 100 tokens for every USD spent in the US, and 127 tokens for every £1 spent in the UK.
Here in Malaysia, you will receive 59 tokens for every RM 1 spent, which gives you a +136% advantage! Unless you intend to redeem discounts with those tokens… then the advantage is a paltry +18%.
More discounts : A US$5 / £5 / RM 10 discount code costs 15,000 tokens
Golden profile : For 4,000 tokens, your profile goes “gold” until the end of the 2019 Steam Lunar New Year Sale
Lunar New Year Badges : Steam offers up to TEN levels of badges that cost 2,000 tokens per level.
Note : Any tokens or rewards received, earned or redeemed are locked to your accounts, and cannot be traded. Your tokens will also expire by 13 February 2019, 2 AM CST. So make sure you use them all!
Is The 2019 Steam Lunar New Year Sale Worth It?
The $5 / £5 / RM 10 discount on the first purchase of US$30 / £30 / RM 60 and above is nothing to shout about. It is, at most, a 16.7% discount. However, you will never be able to buy a game for the minimum limit, so the actual discount is more like 10%.
Still, it will worth using if there are games on offer that you wish to purchase. For example, Far Cry 5 and XCOM 2 are currently discounted at 75%. This first-time discount could make them as cheap as 80% off!
On the other hand, the additional US$5 / £5 / RM 10 discount redemption is ridiculously expensive at 15,000 tokens. You will need to first purchase $150 / £118 / RM 255 worth of games to receive that discount, which can only be applied towards your next purchase.
In the best case scenario, you can pick up a game worth $5 / £5 / RM 10 for free… but even that works out to a maximum discount of 3.2% for the whole deal. In most cases, the net discount will be more like 1-2%.
Spending the tokens on the Golden Profile though is an even more epic waste of money. Unless you get those 4,000 tokens free, you will need to spend $40 / £31.50 / RM 68 to turn your profile gold for just a few days.
The badges are a better value because they are permanent, albeit NON-TRADEABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE. You will need to spend $20 / £16 / RM 34 per level though, which means a total of $200 / £157.50 / RM 339 just to get all 10 badges.
Steam allows you to download the Lunar New Year profile backgrounds, but to add them to your Steam profile, you will need to redeem each for 1,000 tokens. Still, this is a better deal than spending 4,000 tokens for a temporary Golden Profile.
If you are a cheapskate like us, you will probably end up using your tokens for the piggy emoticons. At only 100 tokens each, everyone will be able to get at least one FREE.
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