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Initially rumored to debut in the Apple Watch Series 2, micro-LED display technology could debut on future  Apple Watch devices next year.

 

Citing information from one executive source, Nikkei Asian Review reports that “Apple is working very hard to foster the Micro LED technology” and the use of the new display technology could be introduced “as early as next year” beginning with wearables. 

 

However, micro-LED technology is still at an early stage of development with high costs, low yield rate and technical issues. Therefore, it is unlikely that Apple will push the micro-LED technology into smartphones anytime soon. As and when the display technology matures, micro-LED could be the key for Apple to cut its reliance on Samsung to supply OLED panels for its devices.

 

If you’re one of the many users of Amazon’s cloud storage service, Amazon Drive, bad news. The e-commerce site just killed off its unlimited cloud storage deal, effective immediately.

 

Before this, Amazon customer only needed to pay up to US$60 (approx. RM256) year to gain access to the service, but as per The Verge’s report, Amazon will now instead be offering two subscription tiers, 100GB for US$11.99 (approx. RM51.50) a year, and 1TB for US$60 (approx. RM256) a year. If you’re looking to top off your storage space, you can do so for an additional US$60 a year per terabyte, but each user will only have a maximum top up limit of 30TB.

 

The new changes have already been implemented with immediate effective, but Amazon Drive subscribers who had paid the unlimited storage fee prior will still be able to keep the offer until the deal’s expiry date (expiration dates differ from subscription to subscription). If they still have their auto-renew turned on for the service, the plan will then be automatically changed to the new plan once their previous plan expires.

 

While this news might sound a little perturbing, there is a bit of good news for Amazon customers. Consumers signed up on Amazon Prime will still get unlimited photo storage as part of their membership, while Amazon Drive subscribers will also get 5GB of photo storage space for free.

 

Amazon isn’t the first company to kill off its unlimited cloud storage option. Back in 2014, Microsoft themselves made the same decision with its OneDrive cloud storage platform, citing that some customers took advantage of this service to its fullest potential, with some having exceeded the 75TB marker.

 

Amazon users taking advantage of the unlimited storage deal, take heed: if you have no intention of paying for either one of Amazon’s storage plans, you’ll be given a grace period of 180 days to download or delete your data. At the end of that allotted time, Amazon will then start deleting content (starting with the most recent uploads) until your account’s capacity is within the new limits.

 

 

Why bother tediously flooding the caption of your Instagram photos with a million hashtags just to attract more likes, when you can easily achieve the same objective by sparing some pocket change instead?

This is exactly the rationale behind vending machines such as the one above, which dispenses Instagram likes instead of chilled beverages. For a very reasonable sum of 50 Russian rubles (approx. RM3.75), you will be able to purchase yourself 100 likes on Instagram! Because likes are fleeting and followers are forever, you can also purchase 100 Instagram followers for an equally affordable price of 100 Russian rubles (approx. RM7.50).

Apart from dishing out Instagram likes and followers, the vending machine – which can be found in the Okhotny Ryad shopping center in downtown Moscow – can also capture selfies on the spot, and print out your Instagram photos.

While speaking to Motherboard, the manufacturer of the vending machine, Snatap, mentioned that there are more than 20 of these machines scattered throughout Russia, and a handful of them in countries like Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Interestingly, those of you who thrive on Instagram likes like how plants survive on sunlight can actually rent the vending machine for an unspecified period of time for 14,000 rubles (approx. RM1,049).

Concardis, a payment service provider, has announced that it will support Alipay payments in Austria and Switzerland.

 

In Austria, Gössl is the first merchant that allows Chinese consumers to pay using their smartphones with the Alipay app. The clothing brand will start by supporting the app in 20 stores in Austria and plans to extend the service to seven other stores in Germany.

 

Concardis also intends to launch the Chinese payments app in Switzerland by October 2017. The first integration will take place with jewellery merchants like Wempe, TOD’s and Timberland.

 

The payment service provider has already managed to launch Alipay in Germany, where the payment method is accepted at several hundred store locations. Most recently, football club Borrusia Dortmund, which has a large fan base in Asia, has implemented the Chinese payments app in its souvenir shops.

 

Australia Post has announced that it will update its financial services solutions through i2c’s payments platform.

The platform is called Agile Processing and allows Australia Post to support advanced digital payments functionality and financial services for its Load&Go General Purpose Reloadable (GPR) Visa card, gift, multicurrency travel, China travel, and corporate incentive cards.

The new implementation assists in Australia Post keeping up with the Australian market, which has one of the highest levels of contactless mobile payments penetrations in the world. The i2c platform supports a wider variety of payment methods, including ewallets and credit cards. Furthermore, the product can be configured to offer loyalty programs and other payments options to attract customers.

i2c is a global provider of smarter payments and integrated commerce solutions for financial institutions, corporations, brands, and government around the world. The company’s single global cloud platform supports a wide range of card payments.

 

Western Union has been trailing an integration with digital currency exchange Coinbase, in which the remittance company will appear within the web app of the exchange.

Currently, the project is being piloted with Western Union employees and has entered into development in 2016, company representatives said for CoinDesk. No launch date has been set, but an announcement could be forthcoming. However, the project does not address digital currency transactions, but instead, back-end for fiat transfers.

Besides the Coinbase project, the remittance company is working on other blockchain developments, as well. Using blockchain to standardize bank integrations, real-time settlement, integrated smart contracts for import/export transactions and alternative payment types or blockchain’s possible role in streamlining compliance are just a few. 

Dato’ Sri Najib at the Cyberjaya Smart City Launch event held in conjunction with its 20th year anniversary.

Cyberjaya has just launched Malaysia’s first 1Gbps broadband for businesses and homes throughout the city. This allows Cyberjaya to host a high number of users accessing multiple devices simultaneously, helping Cyberjaya achieve its envisioned Smart City status.

This high speed gigabit connection will not only encourage more creative content development, but also as a testbed for high data usage and transfer applications, turning Cyberjaya into a living lab of sorts. Multiple organizations in Cyberjaya have already signed up for the service, including the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS). The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have also voiced interest in the gigabit speed service.

So what’s the cost of this service? For now, the 1Gbps broadband will cost RM399 a month for homes, and RM3,499 a month for businesses.

If you were to summarize the future of the automobile with just two words, they would probably be these: autonomous driving.

 

One of the many car manufacturers that are actively driving the autonomous revolution is BMW, who has been engaging in the complexities of autonomous driving as early as 2006, when the company successfully managed to get a BMW 3 Series to lap the Hockenheimring circuit in Germany all by itself.

 

By the time 2011 came along, BMW was already confident enough to have highly automated test cars driving along the A9 motorway in Germany. Three years later at CES 2014, BMW decided to up the ante by having one of its automated prototype vehicles drift around the Las Vegas Speedway. Over the subsequent years, BMW’s automated vehicles gained the ability to park themselves —  when prompted using hand gestures.

 

So, what’s next for the automotive giant?

 

If all goes according to plan, you can expect BMW to roll out its first highly-automated series vehicle, the BMW iNext, in 2021. The iNext will be capable of ‘Level 4’ and ‘Level 5’ autonomous driving. The former is defined as “Fully automated driving in urban traffic and – in a version with extended functionality – in traffic that is moving in the same direction and is segregated from oncoming traffic,” while the latter means that the car is capable of fully autonomous driving, and therefore doesn’t necessarily need a steering wheel nor pedals.

Check out the video below to see BMW’s autonomous driving in action:

 

One of the first things you would do upon performing a clean install of Google Chrome on your PC is to download an ad-blocker extension of some sort, right? Well, you will no longer have to do so come 2018, as Google has confirmed that it will indeed be releasing a version of Chrome with a built-in ad-blocker next year.

 

Chrome’s future ad-blocker will specifically be targeting ads that are defined as ‘annoying’ by the Coalition for Better Ads, including pop-up ads, auto-playing video ads with sound, large sticky ads, and those incredibly annoying countdown ads that force you to wait for an excruciating number of seconds before directing you to your desired page.

 

Keep in mind that Google’s intention here isn’t to purge the internet of all advertisements – only the ones that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards. Not surprisingly, since a large chunk of Google’s revenue does, after all, come from advertising. In the first three months of 2017, Google posted an advertising revenue of US$21.4 billion (approx. RM91.5 billion).

 

“The reality is, it’s far too common that people encounter annoying, intrusive ads on the web–like the kind that blare music unexpectedly, or force you to wait 10 seconds before you can see the content on the page,” said Sridhar Ramaswamy the Senior Vice President of Ads and Commerce at Google.

 

“These frustrating experiences can lead some people to block all ads – taking a big toll on the content creators, journalists, web developers and videographers who depend on ads to fund their content creation,” Ramaswamy added.

 

 

China remains the largest global eCommerce market in terms of trading value, accounting for over 40% of the total transactions.

 

Transactions through eCommerce platforms have reached CNY 26.1 trillion (USD 3.8 trillion) in 2016, increasing by 19.8% from 2015, according to a Sina news report citing data from the Ministry of Commerce.

 

Ecommerce-related services have accumulated a value of CNY 2.45 trillion (USD 357.5 billion) in 2016, growing by 23.7% from 2015.

 

This growing market is sustained by the increasing number of internet users who reached 731 million or 53.2% of the country’s population. Online shoppers account for 467 million, or 63.8% of internet users. Another 441 million use mobile phones to place orders showcasing an annual growth rate of 29.8%.

 

The eCommerce market’s growth in China is due to the fast expansion of Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall marketplaces and Tencent-backed JD.com platform. The report shows that clothing, electronic appliances, mobile phones, digital goods, food and drink are among the most traded goods on eCommerce platforms.