Malaysia

Soon any kedai tepi jalan can accept NFC card payments

Business owners will be able to accept card payment via NFC using only their mobile phones with a new application called Fasstap. The application is aimed at small and cottage businesses that do not want to bear the additional cost of maintaining a normal credit card payment terminal. The application is developed by Soft Space — a Malaysian FinTech company providing online payment solutions in collaboration with MyDebit, Malaysia’s national debit scheme operated by Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Essentially, with Fasstap, your favourite goreng pisang seller will be able to accept NFC payments using only their mobile phone.

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What went wrong with the Nokia 6.1 Plus?

One of Nokia‘s big selling points when they relaunched into the world of Android smartphones under HMD Global, was that their phones would be built to last. That — alongside the promise of stock Android and fast updates — was one of the most alluring things about Nokia’s crop of handsets, so alluring that I would even have paid a little extra for them. Just hold a Nokia 7 Plus and you’ll get what I’m talking about.

And that is precisely why I was a little disappointed when I picked up the brand new Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus. They felt very…underwhelming.

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy global launch event is taking place in Malaysia next month

Samsung is about to reveal its next Galaxy device next month and it’s making its global debut here in Malaysia. This is the first Samsung global launch event to take place locally and it’s possibly the biggest launch yet after the Galaxy S and Note series. As teased earlier, the upcoming device promises 4x the fun and it could bring more ways to express yourself than ever before.

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Touch ‘n Go’s RFID system is not perfect, but I’m hopeful

This is it. The future of digital payments is finally here. Well, actually, the future of digital payments is still in the future, but the good news is that the pilot programme for the future of digital payments is finally here.

I am, of course, talking about the thing that’s on everyone’s lips these days when they talk about Touch ‘n Go (TNG): The RFID payment system. However, even though there’s so much chatter around this new toll payment system, there is just as much confusion surrounding it.

So, today, we’re going to try and cut through all that, and give you everything you need to know about TNG’s brand new RFID system.

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom hands-on: What more do you want?

Everyone remembers the DJI Mavic Pro. At the time of its launch, there simply wasn’t a drone like it in the market. I mean, yeah there was technically the GoPro Karma, but I’d argue that even that drone is nowhere near as polished as the Mavic Pro.

Not only did the Mavic fold smaller, it also flew better and had all of DJI’s excellent intelligent flight systems and computer vision — it was much better as a standalone product. Meanwhile, the Karma was designed to fit into GoPro’s ecosystem — and I have to say they did a good job there — leveraging the company’s existing action cameras while also adding a touch of modularity with the Karma Grip. At least they were doing a good job, until Karmas started falling out of the sky.

So, I’d argue that the Mavic Pro was definitely in a class of its own. And when you’ve got such a game-changing device, the question becomes: How do you follow it up? Well, DJI thinks the way forward to is to have two versions of the Mavic 2.

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Mobile Prepaid services will be exempted from SST starting 6 September

When SST took effect starting 1 September 2018, many prepaid users in Malaysia were unhappy that their reloads carry less value due to the 6% tax deduction. A RM10 reload would only give you RM9.43 of credit.

Lim Guan Eng had mentioned that prepaid was excluded from SST and telcos should give RM10 value for RM10 of top up. However, telcos had started deducting taxes to comply with the Sales & Services Tax Act 2018.

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Lim Guan Eng: RM10 prepaid top up should give you RM10 of credit

Malaysia 6% SST Prepaid Reload

UPDATE: Prepaid services are officially exempted from SST beginning 6 September 2018. More details here.

Starting 1 September 2018, all telcos had introduced 6% SST on all services. This is done in accordance with the Sales & Services Tax Act 2018 and it covers all users including postpaid, prepaid and broadband. For postpaid, the 6% tax is applied on the total taxable amount while prepaid users will have to pay the 6% tax at the point of top up.

Obviously, this had caused a lot of dissatisfaction for prepaid users as most of them are getting less value when they reload. For example, a RM10 top up will only come with RM9.43 of credit after deducting the 6% tax.

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 Camera vs Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone X

One of the interesting things we noticed when we tuned into the big Galaxy Note9 launch in New York last week was how little Samsung actually talked about the camera. There was no DxOMark score, no huge segment comparing it and its competitors, nor was there much emphasis on the handset’s camera hardware.

Was Samsung unconfident with the Galaxy Note9’s camera performance? Does this best-Note-ever actually have a sub-par camera in its class? Does the Note9’s camera actually suck?

Harrowing times, I know. But we thought we’d find out for ourselves by pitting the Galaxy Note9 with the best smartphone cameras we could find in our smartphone stable. Here’s how the Note9 stacks up to the best.

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