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Alpha Payments Cloud has announced that it will rebrand as Alpha Fintech, bringing the focus to its API developed for commerce and payments integration.


The company operates an end-to-end middleware solution, connecting the merchant buyer and vendor supplier across the entire payments, risk and commerce spectrum through a single API and UI. 


With Alpha Fintech, acquirers and payment gateways can become digital commerce solution enablers by transforming the payment transaction into an information entry point, away from the solution dead-end it is today. This means that acquirers and payment gateways can provide, apart from payments integration, the right vendor combination for each merchant’s requirements.  


Furthermore, Alpha is introducing a centralized fintech vendor database to simplify the identification of new vendors and to support promising vendors. 


Alpha Fintech provides third party financial technology solution access to international banks and merchants through the AlphaHub platform. The AlphaHub is a single fintech vendor management platform that allows vendors to plug into and expose their solutions.


If you haven’t already heard, then perhaps now is a good a time as any to inform you that come December 11, 2017, Google will be officially ending its support for its popular cloud storage service app, Google Drive, for the PC and Mac.


According to multiple reports, the search engine and advertising giant intends to wind down Drive by March 12, 2018 next year for the desktop. In its absence, Google will be replacing Drive with its new Backup and Sync App.


Just to be clear, the Drive service isn’t going anywhere:  you’ll still be able to access it from the internet and your smart device (for both Android and iOS), but as far as cloud storage priority goes, it’s the new Backup and Sync app that’ll be taking the lead for both the Google Drive and Photos uploader app.


One of the primary reasons for Google’s move is because the new approach will enable Google’s software to synchronize files that you store on your desktop, and also to make all photos parts of its own Google Photos app as well. More over, the new Backup and Sync app actually allows you to backup your entire PC, file for file (and provided that you enough storage space in the cloud service).


Another service that Google rolled out is the Drive File Streamer. Designed for enterprise users, the app essentially allows users to save space by allowing access to “all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer.” Simply put, it basically allows you to make changes to your files that is streaming from a particular desktop, negating any concerns about the consuming additional disk space.



Xiaomi has added a new product to its existing notebook lineup, called the Mi Notebook Pro. It was unveiled earlier today at Xiaomi’s Beijing conference, alongside the Mi MIX 2.


According to Xiaomi, the Mi Notebook Pro boasts an 8th-generation 4.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor that offers a 40 percent increase in processing performance over its predecessor. The Mi Notebook Pro has a magnesium alloy chassis, and uses a proprietary cooling system that comprises a symmetrical dual fan design to disperse heat from the notebook.


The Mi Notebook Pro also comes with a NVIDIA GeForce MX150 dedicated graphics card, and up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 2,400MHz RAM. Users will also have 256GB of internal storage and a host of expandable storage options to work with, too.


The notebook’s 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display is flanked by 6.52mm-thin bezels, and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel with a 7H hardness rating. The Mi Notebook Pro also features a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint scanner embedded within its touchpad, and a 3-in-1 card reader.


Xiaomi says that the backlit keyboard of the Mi Notebook Pro is 19 percent larger than the current MacBook Pro’s keyboard, and that each of its keys have a 0.3mm curved design for tactile, ergonomic typing. The keys also have a travel distance of 1.5mm (the MacBook Pro has 0.6mm traveling distance), which the company boldly claims will give the keyboard of the Mi NoteBook Pro the type feel of a mechanical keyboard.


The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro will be priced from CNY6,399 (~RM4,117) onwards. The Core i7-powered variant with 16GB of RAM will retail for CNY6,999 (~RM4,503). Unfortunately, however, the Mi Notebook Pro will only be available in China.



At the Security TRENDs 2017 summit, Trend Micro reiterated the threat ofransomware and how it is adapting to infect today’s highly-connected digital environment.


“To be one step ahead, organizations need to anticipate the shifts in IT infrastructure, embrace changes in user behavior and adapt protection for new and constantly-emerging threats. Whether organizations are deploying workloads in the physical, virtual, cloud or hybrid environments, investments for security capabilities need to be comprehensive. They should also look at more holistic approaches, rather than rely on narrower security protection methods,” said Dhanya Thakkar, Vice President, APAC & MMEA, Trend Micro Inc.


Ransomware still holds access to your machine’s files hostage until users pay a certain amount to obtain a ‘decrypt key’. However, in 2016, Trend Micro warned that the implementations of delivering the malware have increased over the years.


With the implementation of interconnected devices under the Internet of Things (IoT), the likelihood of infection has increased by way of more access points and ever-increasing data volumes. There are myriad ways of infection, which include drive-by downloads, email spams, and web advertisements.


“The number of new families is forecasted to grow 25 percent in 2017, and organizations need to look at mitigation at every point,” said Law Chee Wan, Head-Solution Architect, Trend Micro Malaysia.


Organizations should protect their data with multiple layers of protection that can adapt to different threats. Trend Micro’s XGen security provides a cross-generational threat defense that continuously optimizes your security system to fight off known and unknown malware threats.


Uber riders do not have to make stops manually during their trips anymore, as Uber has updated its service to allow passengers to add multiple stops. 


All the riders would have to do is to tap ‘Where to?’ on the app, and select the ‘+’ box. Users are allowed to add up to three destinations, as well as adding and removing stops during an ongoing trip. After the stops are added, the fares will be displayed.


The introduction of the new feature would mean that drivers do not have to depend on a rider’s directions. This would also mean that drivers don’t have to update the destination along the way.




In light of the latest news of the AccuWeather app that is reportedly collecting data on iOS users in secret: Just across the digital pond, Google recently removed more than 500 Android apps from the Play Store for similar reasons.


According to a report by the International Business Times, the 500 Android apps that were removed were discovered to have advertising software used by the affected apps that could easily be exploited and used to install spyware on unsuspecting Android handsets.


The software development kit (SDK) used to develop the apps is a Chinese-made SDK known as Igexin. The SDK is known to perform targeted advertising services, but is extremely vulnerable to attacks by hackers or programmers looking to sneak malware on to a device.


Igexin’s primary purpose was to help developer create advertisements for users of certain apps, and from there, help the app maker generate some revenue from the program. Unfortunately, and unbeknownst to the creators of Igexin, the SDK’s control server was compromised by attackers and used to deliver malware to device.


“While not all of these applications have been confirmed to download the malicious spying capability, Igexin could have introduced that functionality at their convenience,” Lookout security engineers Adam Bauer and Christoph Hebeisen said in their report about Igexin.


Apple is likely to lead the 3D sensing technology space for the next two years as there is reportedly no rival with comparable capabilities at the moment.


According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the adoption of 3D sensing technology among Android OEMs will be delayed by Qualcomm’s inability to develop and ship similar products. In fact, Qualcomm is said to only make significant shipments from 2019. Xiaomi is said to be the only potential Android OEM to adopt Qualcomm’s technology. It is gauging consumers’ response to Apple’s 3D sensing technology on the iPhone 8 before going ahead to implement similar technologies on its devices.


Kuo previously reported that the advanced 3D sensing technology and algorithms related to the 3D camera sensor on the iPhone 8 would help Apple stay ahead of the competition by a few years.




With the Samsung Galaxy Note8 now officially out in the open, Malaysians looking forward to owning the new flagship phablet will be glad to know that Samsung Malaysia will be opening and structuring a special pre-order package for the Malaysian consumers.


The pre-order period will begin on September 5 and end on September 10, just several days before the launch of the phone in the country. The local pricing has yet to be announced, but given the dates, it is possible that Samsung will only announce it at the start of the pre-order period.


That being said, what we do know is that consumers will have four color variations to choose from: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold, and Deepsea Blue.


Flytrex, an Israeli drone logistics company has collaborated with on-demand goods service AHA to develop a delivery route for drones in Reykjavík, Iceland. Flytrex  is working with the local transport authorities, training its staff, as well as solving the remaining parts of the drone delivery equation. Flytrex is also building a cloud-based network that the drone delivery system runs on. 


Right now, Flytrex and AHA are using a modified DJI Matrice 600, also known as a hexacopter to deliver food and other items between two areas of the city that are divided by a wide river. Fundamentally, someone at AHA loads the delivery onto the drone, sends it across the bay and it will be taken by the delivery driver once it is across. This makes it so much easier for delivery drivers, as they normally would have to use routes around the bay, which consumes more time. As a result, deliveries can effectively be made in a couple of minutes. 


The Matrice was revamped by Flytrex to equip a cargo compartment, allowing it to transport packages up to three kilograms for up to ten kilometers. This is ideal for AHA as it transports on-demand goods such as beer, hamburgers and sushi. Flytrex CEO Yariv Bash intends to execute actual drone deliveries using many routes across Reykjavík by end 2017, meaning that drones would head straight to recipients’ doorsteps. The drones will be lowered to the ground via a wire as opposed to it actually landing. Bash also adds that he perceives Flytrex to be drone agnostic, implying that more competent drones are able to be deployed as they enter the market.


The video below shows how the drone deliveries in Iceland are carried out.


The ai Corporation has launched its global transaction-monitoring service, allowing companies to outsource their fraud management functions.


The new outcome-based fraud service model, which combines man and machine learning technology, will allow companies to outsource their fraud management to ai’s team, under a performance-based contract. The company will be fully responsible of implementing a customer’s fraud prevention strategy and will offer clear performance indicators. 


This will also make the ai Corporation fully accountable for any fraud losses and will be compensated in line with successfully stopping fraud. The service is distributed via the cloud and can be implemented without major upfront IT costs.


The company said that the service will be deployed following an initial base cost, after which companies will not be charged more for using the product until it achieves the promised performance.


Founded in 1998, The ai Corporation (ai), which is FCA approved, provides solutions for fraud and risk management. The company has also invested in developing business intelligence from payments data. In 2016 ai purchased a payment gateway and now also offers all its solutions in via managed services.