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JD.com launches luxury ecommerce platform

JD.com, a China-based retailer, has launched Toplife, a new, full-price luxury ecommerce shopping platform with online shopping platform.    The new ecommerce platform gives high-end brands to enter the Chinese market and reach a wider audience. The launch of a separate shopping online store for luxury items was motivated by the desire to offer consumers…

Instagram partners with BigCommerce, Shopify

Instagram, a Facebook`s application, has partnered with BigCommerce and Shopify to integrate ecommerce capabilities into its platform.   Instagram has been working with both ecommerce platforms over the past year to test out features, and is now moving forward with broader deployments. BigCommerce and Shopify also offer merchants ecommerce integrations with the core Facebook platform.   Shopify powers over…

iOS 11.0.2 update fixes crackling audio during calls, but not battery life issues

  Apple has just pushed out iOS 11.0.2 to compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPods. It’s the second iOS 11 update in two weeks, and it fixes a problem that was found with calls made using the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.   Both iPhone 8 and 8 Plus owners reported issues of crackling noise when…

The Pirate Bay is mining cryptocurrency with visitor’s CPU

It has been discovered that torrent site The Pirate Bay has been operating a cryptocurrency miner. The site’s visitors learned that The Pirate Bay exploits a user’s CPU to mine Monero digital coins, through JavaScript code found on the torrent site.   When users browsed specific pages on The Pirate Bay, they found a significant increase…

Instagram has changed the way it autoplays audio files

Along with autoplaying videos, Instagram has now made the decision to autoplay audio from videos depending how you browse videos during a session.   Here’s how it works: With the latest update, audio will be off by default. If you tap to turn the sound on for one video (by clicking the speaker icon in the…

WhatsApp is now blocked by the Great Firewall of China

WhatsApp is one of the last Facebook-related products that are now blocked in China. According to The New York Times, WhatsApp faced service disruption in China last Wednesday, and the Great Firewall entered into full force yesterday.   Cybersecurity experts that were approached by The New York Times said that their government is possibly using specialized software…

Microsoft Office 2019 will be coming in 2018

Microsoft has confirmed that the next perpetual version of Office – that is, the pay-once-and-use-forever version – called Office 2019 will be released in the second half of 2018. Office 2019 includes perpetual versions of the Office apps, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as server versions for Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype…

Microsoft and Facebook’s new subsea cable can transmit data at speeds of 160Tbps

Microsoft has announced the completion of the Marea subsea cable, a joint project with Facebook and global telecommunications infrastructure company Telxius, that took two years to install. Suresh Kumar, Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for cloud infrastructure and operations, said that the subsea cable was the most technologically advanced to cross the Atlantic Ocean and that it…

Alibaba to launch online payment platform AliPay in Canada

Alibaba Group has announced that the online payment platform AliPay will officially launch in Canada through a partnership with Snap Pay.   Due to this announcement, Canadian retailers will start accepting Chinese currency from Chinese shoppers this week. More than 450 Canadian merchants are said to already accept AliPay in an unofficial capacity. Chinese consumers visiting Canada will…

Grab taps HERE Technologies’ 3D maps for better accuracy

If you’re a Grab user, then you can expect more accurate fare estimations, ETAs, and trip routing from now on, thanks to its partnership with HERE Technologies, a global map data and locations service provider.   HERE Technologies aim to create the most up-to-date three-dimensional representation of the real world in the virtual one, with a fleet of…