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Tinder Has Surpassed Netflix As The Highest Money-Making App For 2019

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It’s the first time since forever that Netflix is no longer the top grossing, non-game mobile app. The crown now belongs to Tinder.

Several reports are saying that the change in position is due to Netflix’s decision to stop paying “Apple tax”, which means it no longer allows users to sign up and subscribe to Netflix through its iOS mobile app.

Yeah, rather than give Apple a 15-30 percent cut of subscription revenue, they made it a requirement for users to sign up through Netflix’s website before they can use the app on mobile devices, on both iOS and Android. That small change caused Apple to lose millions in revenue per year, due to Netflix being the world’s top earning non game app since 2016.

Guess now Netflix is feeling the pinch as well.

Tinder on the other hand has surged ahead, riding on growth from emerging markets like India, where it is the top grossing app on the Play Store.

Tinder is doing well specifically thanks to their subscription service, Tinder Gold. For those who aren’t avid Tinder users, Tinder Gold has all the perks of Tinder Plus with the added ability of seeing all the people who have already swiped right on you (so you don’t have to aimlessly swipe right and wait for a match).

Currently, Tinder Gold has more than 3 million subscribers globally, with just 1.7 million subscribers joining in 2018 alone.

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Guess people would rather spend their Friday nights on a Tinder date than watching Netflix at home, huh? We can’t relate.

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Malaysians Are Really Paying Hundreds To Ticket Resellers To Watch “Avengers: Endgame” This Week

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The latest instalment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe films is causing Malaysian fans and moviegoers to go above and beyond in order to secure their tickets for opening week.

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Local cinema websites revealed that the majority of gold class and normal tickets for the first few days of screening are already sold out. Due to this, people are resorting to paying online ticket touters extra just to secure a seat in the cinema.

Ticket touters, obviously ambil kesempatan of this desperation and have reportedly hiked ticket prices up to as high as RM500 for tickets on premiere night! Walao!

Meanwhile, a pair of tickets for an IMAX 3D screening of the film is being sold for RM450, and a 4DX showing in Paradigm Mall, Johor is going for RM200 per ticket. Mahal gile wehh!

FYI, just to put things into perspective, normal prices for cinema tickets range between RM15 and RM40 for regular showings, while 4DX and IMAX are priced at RM50 to RM80.

One day after the tickets went on sale most cinemas only had the first few rows of seats left available – Image via Lowyat

According to the Malaysian Reserve, a local fan paid online ticket touters RM300 for three tickets. Speaking to the publisher, she said she was forced to buy from ticket touters because she tak sempat buy her tickets from the cinema chains before they were sold out.

She also said that she wanted to watch the film during the opening week to avoid the film being ruined for her by seeing spoilers, and on top of that, she also wanted to be one of the first to find out which superheroes survive the film.

“I bought three tickets for RM300 from Mudah.my and even that is not for the first day,

I think it’s quite frustrating that some people just bought tickets earlier only to re-sell them. I don’t agree with this (re-selling) culture but it’s the norms now,”

Speaking of spoilers, widespread leaks of the film were reportedly circulating online last week. Social media users reported running into spoilers left in comment threads. There were also reports that the film’s final scene was filmed and had been shared online.

Infinity War and Endgame directors, the Russo brothers spoke to Box Office Pro, who asked them if they were paranoid about plot leaks for Endgame.

“Yeah, we do feel that way. At a certain point, I’m sure we’ll write another letter this year that asks everyone to stay off the internet.

“I think this one has even more spoilers than the last one. This is a culture that wants everything now, and it’s getting worse. The world is connected via social media, and information travels within seconds.

“If you’ve been following along with this narrative for 10 years, you’re going to want to protect yourself. It’s best to go in clean.

“I encourage people to go opening weekend because I’m sure everything is going to hit the internet the moment the movie hits the screen.”

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And write a letter they did..

We Malaysians have just a couple of hours before the first screening of the film on our shores. So, till then, tread carefully out there guys. And after you watch it, remember…Thanos demands your silence.

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A Malaysian Genius Created A Google Chrome Extension That Automatically Blurs Semua Endgame Spoilers

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Although Marvel has informed all Avengers fans that Thanos demands our collective silence for Avengers: Endgame, there’s sure to be a couple of jerks who love to do nothing else if not ruin the fun for everyone by posting spoilers online.

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While we have taken to un-friending these horrible people on Facebook (we honestly recommend this, it feels so good), it seems that now there’s a less passive aggressive way to deal with them.

Top dog Malaysian, Ng Khai Yong, has created a Google Chrome extension that will ensure you don’t see any Avengers: Endgame spoilers

The aptly called No Spoilers extension automatically blurs any post talking about the long-awaited film.

Mashable Asia tested the extension out by installing it and then visiting the Avengers Facebook page. Here’s what they saw: Nothing.

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Heck, it works so well that when Khai Yong shared the extension on his own Facebook profile, he couldn’t see his post. 🤣

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This basically means that the extension will automatically blur anything that mentions Avengers: Endgame. Which might include updates too. Personally, we don’t mind. Anything but spoilers, please.

Download No Spoilers here!

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Local News Presenter Kena Tanduk By A Lembu In Klang While Reporting The News!

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News presenters and journalists who go out into the field to report the news are unsung heroes. It’s true! They endure the great outdoors to inform us on what’s going on in the world while we goyang kaki in comfortable aircond rooms safe from all the danger.

Buletin Utama TV3 news presenter Juliana Sharin definitely knows what we’re talking about.

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Juliana was covering a story for the “Buletin Utama TV3 Aduan Rakyat” segment in Klang. Apparently, Klang is currently being taken over by cows freely roaming the streets.

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At one point during the news coverage, Juliana is seen walking with some cows while reporting the news. Then, out of nowhere, one of the cows behind her decides to tanduk her in the derrière.

We highly doubt this was planned by neither Juliana nor her cameraman. Yet, despite being painfully tanduk-ed, Juliana maintains her professionalism and keeps on reporting the news! Caya lah Puan Juliana!

Following the hilarious incident, both Juliana and her husband shared what happened on their respective Facebook profiles. We’re proud to announce that both husband and wife have a great sense of humor.

Ya ya betul saya kena sondol. Sakit tau. Ini bukan lakonan. Nasib baik tak kena tengah-tengah… Laporan penuh dalam…

Posted by Juliana Sharin on Monday, 8 April 2019

Kau tanduk bini aku!!! Kau lebih lembu….😤Saksikan Aduan Rakyat 3.0 esok lembu tanduk wartawan TV3….😂😂😂

Posted by Herman Plani Syafrudin on Monday, 8 April 2019

Aku baru bangun tido….viral dah ke lembu tanduk bini aku tu???Hahahaha….

Posted by Herman Plani Syafrudin on Tuesday, 9 April 2019

You can watch the full five-minute long report below. Trust us, it’s worth it.

ADUAN RAKYAT 3.0 | Haiwan Keliaran Undang Bahaya

ADUAN RAKYAT 3.0 | Haiwan Keliaran Undang Bahaya Lembu ternakan berkeliaran mengundang bahaya. Anjing liar pula mengganggu ketenteraman penduduk.Ikuti laporan Juliana Sharin dalam Aduan Rakyat kali ini yang meninjau masalah berkenaan di dua lokasi berlainan.

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BTW, can we just ask: What in the world is going on in Klang? First cows wreaking havoc, then dogs too?

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Ben Affleck Is Impressed By The Training Ammar Alfian Had To Endure For PASKAL: The Movie!

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Recently, local actor Ammar Alfian got the chance to interview Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam and Garret Hedlund in Singapore for their new film Triple Frontier.

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During the interview, Ammar Alfian asked the Triple Frontier actors on their training and diet regimen for the film. After answering, Ben Affleck returned the question to Ammar, asking him what kind of training he had to endure to prepare for PASKAL: The Movie.

Both PASKAL: The Movie and Triple Frontier share a lot in common, both films depict some sort of special force unit and the strong brotherhood bond that forms between the team members as they go out on life-threatening missions.

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Ammar told the three actors of how he had to stay in a camp for two months while they faced various types of intense training to prepare themselves for the film.

“We had two months of training. Swim training, tactical training, and then it’s fight training as well. We had to stay in the camp for two months,”

Ben Affleck and the rest of his members were pretty impressed at how intensive and military-like the PASKAL training was.

“That’s like really being in the military. It’s like bootcamp, I mean it’s the same thing,”

You can watch the full interview here.

With all that vigorous training, it’s no wonder our Malaysian actors were so talented (and ripped) in PASKAL!

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This Malaysian Bought A Life-Sized Iron Man Replica From Royal Selangor For RM77,000!

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There’s a rich Malaysian Marvel superfan right here in KL who just forked out RM77,000 for a life-sized Iron Man statue!

This superfan recently made jaws drop when he posted photos of him unboxing the statue on his Facebook page.

The statue is a limited-edition two-meter-tall replica of Iron Man’s Mark 43 armour featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Commissioned by Taiwanese collectables brand Beast Kingdom in association with Marvel, the replica was produced by Royal Selangor and released last year in honour of the 10th anniversary of Iron Man’s first movie.

It appears that after the super fan bought it, the replica was transported in three separate parts (including its base platform) to his home. Four Royal Selangor personnel were deployed with the replica to help with assembling.

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The replica is complete with lit up eyes, arc reactor and repulsors.

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There are only 30 units of this replica available in the whole wide world, and we think this dude bought the last available one based on the replica’s numbering on its base. Walao!

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Besides this replica, the collector also owns an impressive collection of Marvel memorabilia including infinity gauntlets, a couple of Mjölnirs, a Captain America shield and several headpieces.

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Okay, we’re officially jelly.

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Here’s How You Can Watch Game Of Thrones Without The Risk Of Malware!

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So, the final season of Game of Thrones is almost upon us. And while we sit here eagerly awaiting the release of the first episode, those of us who don’t have an Astro subscription are trying to figure out we’re gonna watch the series.

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As many know, accessing popular TV series often has us reaching into our wallets to pay to watch. But since we’re all cheapskates, most of us look for free alternatives that usually involve illegally downloading the episodes or torrenting them (come on, takkan we’re gonna buy an Astro subscription just to watch Game of Thrones kot!)

But these alternative methods have their downfalls. Malware.

Short for ‘malicious software,’ malware is a blanket term for viruses, worms, Trojans and other harmful computer programs. Hackers use malware to wreck your system and gain access to sensitive information.

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According to a recent report done by Kaspersky, cybercriminals are increasingly using illegal downloads and torrenting as a means to spread malware. Malware is often embedded into popular TV series that are hosted on illegal websites, waiting to strike.

The report shows that the illegal downloading of Game of Thrones contributed to 17% of all infected pirated content in 2018 with 20,934 systems infected. The Walking Dead follows with 18,794 infections and Arrow with 12,163.

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The report concludes that malware distributors usually target the first and last episode of each season. As these are usually the episodes that have more traffic and viewers.

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Here are some other popular TV series that are regularly targeted by cybercriminals.

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So, why put yourself through all the trouble and stress of guessing which downloading version of a TV series is safe when you can watch it malware-free guaranteed on streaming sites like Netflix, and Astro Go?

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We’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to watching our favourite series! Lagipun, subscription fees really aren’t that expensive, guys! Most of the TV series mentioned above can be watched on Netflix for just RM33 per month okurrr!

Yes, we know Netflix doesn’t have Game of Thrones. But you can now stream the new season and all the past seasons of Game of Thrones via Astro now even if you don’t have Astro.

This is because Astro is offering an HBO Game of Thrones Pass to watch the series online. The passes come with a 30 or 60-day option with prices starting at a measly RM26.50. You can get more info on that here.

Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere at the same time as the U.S. on Monday, 15th April at 9am, exclusively on HBO (Astro Ch 411 / 431 HD).

Happy safe watching, Thronies!

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Avengers: Endgame Tickets Are Selling For MORE THAN RM37,000 On eBay

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Just when you think you’ve seen overpriced tickets…

A pair of movie tickets to watch ‘Avengers: Endgame’ premiere in New York is selling on eBay for USD$9,199 and converted to Malaysian Ringgit, it’s MILES beyond our paycheck at RM37,541.12!!!

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What’s even more surprising is that dah ada seorang bid doh! The tickets aren’t even on the premiere date (the US premiere date for the film is on the 25th April) or for the best seats in the theatre! They’re just a pair of mid-row seats tickets, three days after the premiere screening. Talk about being unnecessarily expensive!

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According to Reuters, a single ticket on eBay for a first-day IMAX screening in Hollywood is already selling for $500. Starting bids for other tickets were around $35 each.

Fandango and Atom, two ticketing websites in the United States, has said that first-day advance sales for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ surpassed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’.

Fans on Twitter have also reported long waits online and tech problems when trying to buy tickets.

Besides eBay, popular shopping app and website, Carousell, has users re-selling premiere tickets for up to RM95 a pair!

Do you think the movie is worth getting re-sell tickets?

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A Msian Football Super Fan Kena Featured In UK Newspaper For His Liverpool Fan Theory!

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We don’t know what it is about football that Malaysians love so much, but love it they do! Confirm in any group of friends, there will be at least one football super fan who knows so much about football, that it sounds like they’re speaking in another language when they talk about the sport.

And one of these guys just managed to get featured in an article in a Britain newspaper, the Daily Star for his fan theory of Liverpool’s campaign this season.

Govind Vellusamy was featured on Stadium Astro’s Man On The Streets segment where he sat down with former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo and discussed Liverpool, their campaign this season, and their players.

Liverpool and Manchester City have been battling for the top spot in the Premier League for the majority of this season. Yesterday, Liverpool faced Tottenham and won. Putting the Reds two points ahead of Manchester City.

Liverpool’s campaign this season is a stark contrast to what it was last season, which saw them finish 25 points behind Manchester City. Although they managed to make the Champoins League final, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid.

After that, Jurgen Klopp made several changes to his squad, bringing in goalkeeper Alisson and Virgil van Dijk. The new lineup saw the Reds losing just one game in the Premier League this season.

But Govind thinks the Reds are overachieving.

“Look at what Manchester City achieved last season.

I never expected us to be two points ahead of them, going toe-to-toe. 

City last season were like a monster. 

Yes, Liverpool got to the Champions League final but they were nowhere near City in the league.”

We’re no football expert but Govind’s views must’ve been pretty controversial to get the Daily Star to quote him!

Do you agree with Govind’s views? Tell us in the comments!

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Korean Actor Proves He’s A Lelaki Melayu Terakhir With Shocking Rendition Of ‘Belaian Jiwa’

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Park Bo-gum shocked Malaysian fans who were attending his fan meet and greet session in KL recently by singing the well-known Malaysian classic, “Belaian Jiwa”.

Park Bo-gum was performing in Malaysia as part of his 2019 Park Bo-gum Asia Tour, with the first stop being in KL. Prior to the meet and greet, he hinted to NST during an interview that he had something special planned, saying he feels a certain attachment to Malaysia as KL was also his first stop during his first Asian fan meet tour in 2016.

“Malaysia was my first stop during my first Asian fan meet tour in 2016. Perhaps this is why I feel attached to this country.

“I’ve prepared something extra special and interactive this time around compared to the last fan meet,”

And his performance is probably as special as it gets. The 25-year-old actor not only wowed fans with his incredible ability to sing, he totally slayed the Malay language song too.

Following his performance, Park Bo-gum, and Belaian Jiwa were trending on Twitter. Apparently, someone also changed his name on Wikipedia to “Ahmad Park Bo-gum”

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“Belaian Jiwa” was a late 70’s hit from a local music group called Carefree. Then, another local singing group called Innuendo popularized the song with their own R&B version in 1997.

You can watch Park Bo-gum’s amazing performance in full below:

Goosebumps!

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A BN MP Wants The Government To Look Into Censoring Netflix!

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Most TV shows today still feature predominantly heterosexual couples, but as the world is slowly changing and becoming more accepting, the list of LGBTQ-friendly shows continues to grow.

Netflix, in particular, is proving to not only be the go-to streaming service in general terms, but they’ve also become quite popular for embracing racially and sexually diverse content as well. For example, Queer Eye, a reboot of an older TV show called Queer Eye For The Straight Guy (which used to be aired on NTV7, BTW) very openly features homosexual people and same-sex relationships.

And we suppose it was only a matter of time before this became an issue in Malaysia.

The Star recently reported that Kuala Kangsar MP, Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid has questioned what measures the government is taking to curb “sex scenes” and LGBT representation in the TV shows and movies featured on Netflix.

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She posed the question to Communications and Multimedia Minister, Gobind Singh Deo, while he was delivering his closing speech on the motion of thanks to the Royal Address

“This is about films on Netflix. Are there different mechanisms of censorship used between ordinary films and those featured on Netflix?

This is because I am looking at widespread sex scenes and LGBT elements which are causing worry among the people,”

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Gobind responded saying that other lawmakers had also raised similar concerns and that he would address the issue through a parliamentary written reply.

“Can I give it to you in writing, because it’s among the same issues raised by Bachok (Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz of PAS).

So I will come back to you on censorship and other issues, and how we will address this problem,”

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FYI, Netflix has faced similar censorship requests before.

In January, CNN reported that the company signed a “code of best practices” in India that pledges to self-regulate the content they publish online. That includes content that “disrespects the national emblem or national flag” of India, “intends to outrage religious sentiments”, and “encourages terrorism or other forms of violence against the State,”.

In a statement to CNN, Netflix explained that the code is a set of guiding principles for the company.

“The self-regulation code is a set of guiding principles for participating companies like us.

It ensures an environment that protects the artistic vision of content producers so that their work can be seen by their fans.”

When asked if the code is content censorship, Netflix directed CNN to tweets by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) that stressed that the code “is not about content censorship”

We don’t know about you guys, but we’re happy with Netflix the way it is. Do you think Netflix should be censored? Or should users who are unhappy with the content on the platform simply stop paying and unsubscribe?

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