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Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in iOS 11’s Control Center do not work as expected

The Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in the Control Center have always allowed users to disable their respective radios since iOS 7. However, this is not the case for iOS 11.   According to security researcher Andrea Barisani and Motherboard, toggling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off in iOS 11’s Control Center will only disconnect your iOS device from their…

Malaysian bank to finalize e-KYC standards

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has announced that by October 2017, standards for the electronic Know-Your-Customer (e-KYC) are expected to be finalized.   BNM will be issuing proposed regulatory parameters for the conduct of e-KYC processes for remittance transactions. Thus, the existing requirements for face-to-face verifications for onboarding new customers would be removed for companies that received…

Google signs agreement to purchase HTC’s Pixel team for US$1.1 billion

It looks like the rumors were indeed true: Google has signed an agreement with HTC to acquire a part of the Taiwanese company’s mobile division – specifically the team behind the Google Pixel and Pixel XL – for a tidy sum of US$1.1 billion (~RM4.62 billion).   HTC yesterday halted trading of its shares on the Taiwanese…

Alipay rolls out in 242 Starbucks across Malaysia

Alipay has announced is now available for Mainland Chinese tourists at all 242 Starbucks branches across Malaysia.   Chinese tourists can find a nearest Starbucks through the in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their drinks in RMB via Alipay.   Starting from August 18 to October 31, a Chinese tourist using Alipay in Starbucks can enjoy…

Bitcoin platform Luno expands to new markets across Europe

Luno, a popular Bitcoin platform, has announced its expansion to 35 new markets across Europe.   Moreover, the platform also received USD 9 million in a Series B funding round, led by London-based Balderton Capital. New investors AlphaCode and existing investors Digital Currency Group also participated in the round. This follows Luno’s USD 4 millionSeries…

Google, Apple could start accepting Bitcoin payments via new API

  Developers at Google, Apple and other tech companies have created a browser API that enable users buying goods and services online with cryptocurrency.   The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with the help of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and Mozilla initiated the project in 2013. Currently, the API is being implemented in browsers including…

Here’s why Apple named its A11 processor ‘Bionic’

Apple’s latest A11 is currently the most powerful mobile chipset in the market, but do you know what and how its name ‘Bionic’ came about? Well, Apple just wanted the A11 to sound cool, according to a writer from The Verge. Apple told me it’s called Bionic because the company realized names like A8 and A9 weren’t…

Chinese ecommerce sector grows by 27% in trade

China Research Centre of Ecommerce has published a report showing that the country’s ecommerce trading recorded USD 2.03 trillion in the first half of 2017.   The ecommerce sector in China continues to see rapid growth on all fronts. Business-to-business transactions reached USD 1.3 trillion, while online retail sales were at USD 470 million.  …

Alpha Payments Cloud becomes Alpha Fintech

  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…

Google Drive for desktop to be replaced with Backup and Sync app by March next year

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…