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Grab and Samsung partner for digital inclusion in Southeast Asia

Grab and Samsung have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help drive digital inclusion in Southeast Asia. The two companies will work together on a wide range of initiatives to bring the benefits of technology, such as enhanced customer experiences and improved income opportunities, to millions of consumers and Grab driver-partners across Southeast Asia. Grab is best…

The latest Google Chrome update now supports HDR for Windows users

Google has released a new update to Chrome that addresses some major gripes with the browser. Chrome 64 now includes the ability to mute entire sites that auto-play videos, so you won’t be constantly dogged by an annoying video. This is particularly handy on sites that insist on having the video follow you with sound on as you…

Google may soon let you activate Assistant with a custom hotword

According to the folks over at 9to5Google, Google is preparing to let users use a custom hotword to summon Google Assistant. At the moment, you can use either “Hey Google” or “OK Google” to activate Assistant, but both don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Comparatively, Amazon gives users more options to wake Alexa, such as “Alexa”,…

WeChat Pay starts supporting cards issued outside China

WeChat Pay has started allowing cards issued outside of China to be loaded into their platform, opening up access to international customers. The option will be available to expatriates living in China, as well as in “Greater China”, to residents from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and will apply to cards issued by JCB, Mastercard and…

Google’s Linux workstations are switching from Ubuntu to Debian

Like many companies, Google uses a variety of operating systems in-house. macOS and Windows are used by a large number of employees, a modified build of Debian Linux is used on its servers (as of 2014, at least), and Chrome OS and Android devices are commonplace. In work environments where Linux is needed, Google uses a customized…

Chinese central bank official says cryptocurrency trade needs to end

Chinese authorities might consider banning centralized trading of virtual currencies as well as individuals and businesses that provide related services, according to CNBC. In a memo outlining details of discussions at a meeting of internet regulators and other policymakers, PBOC Vice Governor said the government would continue to apply pressure to the virtual currency trade…

Poorest regions of China see faster eCommerce adoption

Ecommerce market in China is growing faster in western and central provinces than in the richer coastal regions, according to a recent report from Alibaba Group. The biggest rises in online retail sales during the first 11 months of 2017 were posted by Gansu province, Guizhou province and Tibet autonomous region, some of the poorest regions…

Alibaba considers Hong Kong listing, says founder Ma

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has said that the company will “seriously consider” listing in Hong Kong, as the financial hub prepares to allow dual-class share listings. Reuters reports that Jack Ma made the comments at an event in Hong Kong, in response to remarks made by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam about how she hoped…

Google merges payment platforms under Google Pay

Google is revamping its mobile payment offerings and creating a new brand called Google Pay. The new product merges Google’s existing mobile payment platforms. That includes Android Pay, which lets customers pay for things online and in stores with their Android phones, and Google Wallet, which lets you send money to your friends. The new…

Apple will now replace out-of-warranty iPhone batteries for US$29

Apple apologized today for its handling of a battery issue affecting older iPhones, and offered to replace aging batteries for just US$29 (~RM117), dramatically less than the US$79 fee it would typically charge. The replacement service will be available worldwide, starting in January and continuing until December 2018. Apple will also be including a new feature in the next iOS update…