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Travel media company Lonely Planet has introduced a new mobile app called Trips by Lonely Planet. The app provides modern travelers with a simple and intuitive way to share their travel experiences by uploading content directly from their camera roll, and create stories to describe their adventures.

 

On the app, travelers can ‘Like’ trips, find new trips, follow other travelers, and more. Lonely Planet intends to make Trips an independent app that provides users with access to great shared experiences, as they typically get on social media to do research when planning a trip. Not only that, writers and editors from Lonely Planet contribute to the app by curating top suggestions for trips.

 

Trips by Lonely Planet can be downloaded for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

 

More information on the app can be found here.


 Visa has launched a new payment system, called mVisa, which enables mobile payments between merchants and customers.

 

The system is based primarily on QR codes, but it also works with numerical codes for future phones. When making a purchase with mVisa, a consumer uses a smartphone to scan a QR code, which triggers a transfer from the consumer’s bank account to the merchant.

 

According to Visa, the mobile payments system works regardless of the customer and merchant’s respective banks, and it operates independent of their MNO services. It is also compliant with EMVCo’s newly published QR Code Payment Specifications.

 

The mVisa platform is targeted to merchants looking for a cheap and easy means of enabling mobile payments for their customers. Visa says that support for the platform is available in India, Kenya, and Nigeria, and that it is now working to extend the service in 12 additional countries including Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

 

If you were a child in the nineties, you probably were on your computer for the sole purpose of getting on Microsoft Paint. Sadly, the iconic graphics tool that defined some of our earliest computer experiences will be omitted from the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The newly-deprecated tool first existed as a 1-bit monochrome feature during the Windows 1.0 era in 1985.

 

While many of us are mourning its impending removal, Microsoft does say that Paint will be integrated into its spin-off, Paint 3D. Further, Microsoft has not specified as to when the tool will be removed.

 

Paint is not dead yet, so we should make the best of it while it’s still around. If you just can’t say goodbye to Paint, there’s always the option not to install the update when it’s available.

 

Tencent has opened its credit scoring system to limited group users on QQ, WeChat’s older sibling.

 

This marks a big step forward for Tencent:  not only does this fill in a glaring gap in their product lineup, it also puts them in direct competition with Alibaba’s Sesame Credit.

 

According to previous screenshots from early testers, the credit scores—ranging from a maximum of 850 points and a minimum of 300 points—were calculated from five indexes: social connections, security, wealth, the ability to honor an agreement, and consumption behavior.

 

Social data constitutes a major part of Tencent Credit’s rating system. The data collected from WeChat and QQ—which claim 900 million and 860 million monthly active users respectively. The consumption data was mainly gathered through Mobile QQ and WeChat payment.

 

Tencent is also partnering with financial institutions like WeBank, China Construction Bank and local service institutions for complementing the credit rating mechanism.

 

Both Alibaba and Tencent have set early sights on the credit scoring sector, an essential component for financial services to solve the rising online security issues by leveraging big data. In 2014, when Alibaba’s Ant Financial was tinkering on Sesame Credit, Tencent also laid out in the sector with plans to launch a similar product. Both the companies obtained government approval to run their consumer credit rating services two years ago. 

 

 

“PHP is one of the most accessible and easiest Web programming languages available”, said Josh Lockhart who is a web developer and a well-known author at new Media Campaigns. PHP is the stand-out and famous web programming language amongst all other because of its characteristics. It allows building the easiest and the most complex websites and web apps, both! PHP is an open-source, secure and server-side scripting language. The ease of use feature of PHP frameworks makes developers stick with this language.

 

Here is Top 5 Must Have PHP frameworks in 2017:

Symfony:

Symfony allows the developers to build high-performance and scalable web applications. This PHP framework is a set of reusable PHP elements. Symfony APIs enable secure integration with third party applications. This framework is mostly used with AngularJS.

 

Laravel:

This is the framework which wins everyone’s heart by offering an excellent community. Laravel is known as “PHP framework for Web Artisans”. It leaves the whole architecture open for all third party plugins and this is the main reason why Laravel is the highly recommended framework amongst others.

 

CakePHP:

This PHP framework provides reliable and fast development solutions. The version gets updated day by day with improvement in modularity. It allows the developer to create more and more standalone libraries. This is known as the best framework as it provides high-level security to Web applications.

 

CodeIgniter:

CodeIgniter is a lightweight framework with some attractive features. The installation of CodeIgniter is straightforward with the minimal configuration. This is the second best PHP framework and an exemplary choice for the developers.

 

Zend:

This PHP framework is mainly employed by the big business association. Zend is recommended for complex projects rather than small ones. It has some interesting features such as easy-to-use drag and drop editor and cryptographic coding tools.

 

These are some of the best and must have PHP framework one should use for building an extra-ordinary, best-in-class Web applications.

Eugene Kaspersky, the Chief Executive Officer of Russia-based cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, recently announced the global availability of a free lightweight antivirus solution, called Kaspersky Free, on his official blog.

 

 

It goes without saying that the features of Kaspersky Free won’t be as comprehensive as Kaspersky’s paid-for solutions, such as Kaspersky Internet Security. But nonetheless, you’ll still be getting the necessary essentials, including file, email, web, and IM antivirus. Kaspersky Free will also receive regular automatic updates, so you can rest assured knowing that its antivirus/malware definitions are always up-to-date.

 

“This arsenal ensures convenient and safe web surfing (is it still surfing? Sounds a bit 90s to me), working with USB sticks and other portable storage media, and protection against both phishing and infected files being run. In short, the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without,” said Eugene Kaspersky on his blog.

 

Kaspersky has long had a solid reputation for acing independent antivirus software reviews, so there’s really no reason for you to feel dubious about its capabilities. Those of you who are still counting on Windows Defender – or due diligence/common sense – to keep your system clean, you know what to do.

 

You can download Kaspersky Free from here.

WhatsApp has reached another milestone this year  one billion people are using WhatsApp everyday

 

The latest milestone comes more than a year after WhatsApp shared that one billion people used its instant messaging app every month, which has now grown to 1.3 billion monthly active users. It also revealed other interesting figures such as: 

  • 55 billion messages sent per day 
  • 4.5 billion photos shared per day 
  • 1 billion videos shared per day 

 

WhatsApp has seen its usage statistics increased over the past year. A recent study conducted by the Reuters Institute revealed that people in some countries (Malaysians included) use WhatsApp to get their news. Earlier in January this year, a WhatsApp spokesperson informed VentureBeat that 63 billion messages were sent on New Year’s Eve, which included 7.9 billion images and 2.4 million videos! In June 2016, WhatsApp stated that there were more than 100 million voice calls made through its app everyday. 

 

 

In preparation of the upcoming SEA Games 2017, the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) has launched its first ever First Aid app for mobile devices.

 

The app was developed and made in partnership with the Prudence Foundation, as well as with the support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

 

The MRCS touts the apps as the first of its kind in the country. It is designed to provide first aid advice through videos, animations, as well as interactive quizzes, all of which will be easy to access. There is something that makes the entire thing.

 

“During an emergency, a lack of first aid knowledge could lead to lasting injuries and disabilities, and even unnecessary deaths,” Dato’ Sayed A. Rahman bin Sayed Mohd, Secretary General of the MRCS said. “As a national society that is advocating the importance of first aid, we believe that having this mobile app allows users to access crucial, life-saving information at the touch of their fingertips.”

 

The app is already available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The contents of the app be delivered in both English and Bahasa Malaysia, thus making accessible the Malaysian majority. However, Dato’ Syed did state that while the app itself provides first aid information, it is in no way a replacement for proper first training and certification, or the need to seek medical advice when (and where) necessary.

 

 


 

Apple has long been known for their efforts in producing smartly designed products complete with minimalist packaging, but have you heard about their efforts at environmental conservation? The tech giant has just recently had about 320,000 acres of working forest in China certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as being “responsibly managed”.

 

This basically means that Apple is now protecting or has created enough sustainable forest to offset the fiber used in their product packaging. Apple Insider reports that Apple has stated that two-thirds of this newly certified forest is owned and managed by Maoyuan Forestry in Hunan province, while the remainder is managed by the state-owned Qinlian Forestry Company in Guangxi.

 

It seems the World Wildlife Fund also worked with both companies to help them implement forest management plans and training for employees to help them identify High Conservation Value Forest, hence helping to speed up the process.

 

Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple, said “the Chinese were willing to be wonderful partners, both on the private- and public-sector side because they have a real appreciation for the forest resource,” so we can probably expect to see more such initiatives in the future.

 

Apple’s forestry initiative started in early 2015 with the purchase of 36,000 acres of vulnerable forest land in Maine and North Carolina through The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund. In March, yields from these two states hit 100 percent carbon neutral. The next year, Apple started applying pressure on its Asian supply chain to commit to clean energy agreements, hence moving closer to their stated goal of powering all their facilities worldwide with 100 percent renewable energy.

 

 

 

Apple just released its quarterly earnings report and it is safe to say that the company has had a stellar second quarter of 2017.

 

Some key figures: US$45.4 billion in revenue, US$8.7 billion in profit, 41 million iPhones sold, and 4.29 million Macs sold.

 

However, one of the most important figures is that sales of iPads returned to growth year-over-year for the first time since 2013.

 

Apple sold 11.92 million iPads in the last quarter, and this compares favorably to the 8.92 million units sold in the previous quarter. It is also substantially more than the 9.95 million units sold in the same quarter last year.

 

These numbers far exceeded analysts predictions. Most of them believed that sales of iPads would continue to fall.

 

Apple released the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro in July, and also introduced a new iPad in March. It seems like these new products are a hit amongst users.