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While many of us would not bother with changes in privacy policies of many apps, this is one that you may want to pay special attention to. WhatsApp just updated its privacy policy where it states that it will begin sharing user information with Facebook. The user information includes the phone number and the last time the service is being used.

 

By doing so, WhatsApp claims that it can more accurately count unique users, better fight spam and abuse, and help Facebook offer better friend suggestions and deliver more relevant ads. To allay fears of privacy intrusion, WhatsApp stresses that nothing users share on its instant messaging service (e.g. messages, photos, account information) will be shared on Facebook or any Facebook family of apps for others to see.

 

WhatsApp – “But by coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your phone number with Facebook’s systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you’ve never heard of. You can learn more, including how to control the use of your data, here.”

 

With more than one billion active users to date, that’s a lot of user information which WhatsApp is sharing with Facebook and we reckon some users will certainly feel uneasy about it.

 

 

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Tan Nyat Chuan, Director of the Payment System Policy Department at Bank Negara Malaysia said that credit card holders will be given six months, starting January 2017, to familiarize themselves with the new system before it is implemented on July 2017.

“The targeted completion of the infrastructure rollout and card replacement is expected by Dec 31, 2016,” said Tan.

With the new pin and pay system, PIN enabled cards allows users to make a purchase without a signature. Instead, it uses a six-digit PIN. This new payment method is said to be more secure and safer than the current system.

Tan said that 44.3 million cardholders would be able to enjoy the new system, and added that by January 2018, cardholders will be able to pay for low-value transactions via a ‘tap-and-go’ system.

He said this at a roadshow jointly organized by Bank Negara, the Association of Banks in Malaysia, and the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions, in Miri Sarawak.

 

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You’ve probably already heard many things about webe – the telco company that was formerly known as P1 – over the past couple of months, especially the juicy details regarding its mobile plan that seemed too good to be true.

Well, we can assure you that it isn’t. webe has officially been launched earlier today, and the single mobile plan that they have to offer will indeed only cost from as low as RM79 (or RM83.74 including GST), and it will grant you unlimited data, texts and calls.

Notice the ‘from as low as’ catch? You’ll only be entitled to the very attractive RM79 monthly price if you are an existing TM customer or webe member, and if you have a webe certified phone. If you don’t meet both the criteria, you’ll unfortunately have to cough up RM199 per month. Meet either one of them, and you’ll be paying RM139 a month instead.

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Before you go rushing to be a webe subscriber, we should probably mention that registration is still on an invite-only basis, and only selected TM and P1 customers will be eligible to receive the invite. During the post-event press conference, Azizi A. Hadi, Chief Executive Officer of webe digital Sdn Bhd, mentioned that registration will be open to everyone “in early Q4.” Although you can, however, register your interest here.

To all eSports fans, the Selangor Cyber Games 2016 is three weeks away, happening from September 9 to September 11. It will be held at One City Mall, Subang Jaya, and will see gamers from Southeast Asia as well as China competing for fame and fortune.

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So what’s on schedule this time around? Eight tournaments, with a total prize pool of over RM350,000 (at the time of writing, since some of the cash prizes will be given in U.S. dollars). Here’s the list of the tournaments with their individual prize pools:

MPGL SEA Championship (Dota 2) – $50, 000 USD (approx. RM200,200)
Selangor Cyber Games League of Legends Cup – $15, 000 USD (approx. RM60,060)
SCG Amateur Dota 2 Cup – RM20, 000
SCG CS:GO Cup – RM20, 000
SCG FIFA 16 Cup – RM20, 000
SCG Hearthstone Cup – RM10, 000
SCG Street Fighter V Cup – RM10, 000
SCG Clash Royale Cup – RM10, 000
That’s right, even the mobile game Clash Royale is being featured. But more importantly, the MPGL Dota 2 tourney will also be part of the Selangor Cyber Games of 2016. It will be hosted by Eri Neeman, while also featuring casters Godz, WinteR, ODpixel, Sheever, Flava, and Danelie from eGG. You can catch the games live on eGG (Astro channel 808) and Twitch.

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Xiaomi has kicked off its footprint in the Chinese mobile payment industry with its NFC-based payments service Mi Pay.

In many respects, the payment system works similarly to Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and Apple Pay. It uses NFC for wireless transmission of payment information via smartphones and aims to eliminate the use of physical cards.

Mi Pay will allow you to store your card details – be it credit, debit, loyalty, gift or membership card details – into your smartphone thus removing the need to carry physical cards. Payments can be done by hovering the NFC-enabled smartphone over a compatible reader at the retail outlet.

Currently, the only Xiaomi smartphone in the market that supports NFC is the Mi 5, however, the company is expected to announce the rollout of Mi 5 soon.

Xiaomi has also announced a host of banks that already support Mi Pay. The list includes China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications, China Merchants Bank, Huaxia Bank, Minsheng Bank, Ping An Bank, and Industrial Bank. More banks such as Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank, China Everbright Bank, Beijing Bank, and Guangdong Development Bank will be added next month.

Xiaomi will compete with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay which are already live in China.

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The cat and mouse battle between the social network giant and open source ad-blocking community began when Facebook announced that it had found a way to circumvent ad blockers, which made them the biggest and one of the most aggressive companies to champion the war against ad blockers. It stands to reason, because ads is how Facebook makes money.

 

To circumvent ad blockers, Facebook removed code that explicitly identified ads, making them appear as Facebook posts but still with the ‘sponsored’ disclosure.

 

However, just two days later, Adblock Plus, which is owned by German software developer Eyeo, has found a way to identify the non-standard identifies Facebook used for their ads and block them.

 

In a response, Facebook stated: “We’re disappointed that ad-blocking companies are punishing people on Facebook, as these new attempts don’t just block ads but also posts from friends and Pages.”

 

Ben Williams, Communications Manager at Adblock Plus did not comment on Facebook’s statement. Nevertheless, he said that if the ads were classified as normal content, then the problem is on Facebook’s side.

 

“This sort of back-and-forth battle between the open source ad-blocking community and circumvention has been going on since ad blocking was invented. So it’s very possible that Facebook will write some code that will render the filter useless — at any time,” wrote Williams.

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Know of any mothers who are aspiring to become entrepreneurs? Because Shopee has recently announced that they are allocating RM1 million to help Malaysian mothers develop their entrepreneurship skills, along with everything they need to know to run a thriving eCommerce business.

The imparting of knowledge is done through online and offline marketing campaigns, as well as through physical classes that will be conducted by Shopee staff, experienced sellers, and professionals as part of the Shopee University initiative.

What’s more, Shopee will also be extending its Free Shipping Program – which is held in collaboration with Pos Malaysia – until the end of July, which would encourage ‘Mompreneurs’ to use it as an advantage to attract more customers and expand their business.

“There are 3 barriers that Mompreneurs face in starting their online businesses – high costs structure, insufficient knowledge on how to sell online and lack of marketing exposure. With the extension of our Free Shipping Program, expansion of Shopee University and increased marketing efforts, we aim to convert 10,000 Mompreneurs to start selling on Shopee by the end of the year,” said Ian Ho, Regional Managing Director of Shopee.

‘Mompreneurs’ who have attended Shopee University will be able to put their knowledge to the test by participating in the ‘Mighty Moms Challenge’, where 20 ‘Mompreneurs’ will be competing with one another to become the top seller in Shopee. The winner will be awarded cash prizes which they can use to further nurture their business.

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Google, in its Google Apps Update Blog, announced a new third option to their two-step verification system. The option, which will see a gradual rollout, aims to bolster log-in security with a solution that is surprisingly simple.

Available for both Android and iOS, the new two-step verification gives users an option to verify their log-in activity by either using a Security Key, a verification code sent to their smart device or through a simple prompt.

The pop-up prompt displays a dialogue with your name, profile image, and current location (city), and device you are trying to log-in from. Underneath it is a simple “No, deny sign-in” or “Yes, allow sign-in” to approve the sign-in request.

Google, in their blog post, notes that Android users will need updated version of Google Play Services to use Google prompt while iOS users will need the Google Search app to use Google prompt.

Just to share my experienced on the GemFive marketplace. As you may or may not know, GemFive is a marketplace which operated by GuoLine eMarketing, one of the subsidary company under Hong Leong Group.
I shared this article out hoping that GemFive management team to aware what and how to find tune on their company policy and the operation flow so that they can improve themself in the e-market place in Malaysia and able to create a better platform for both buyer and seller to enjoy the online transact

 

The story started herewith I’d bought some organic product from one of the merchant which they advertised their product in GemFive and 40% discount code being given, so as a big brand under Hong Leong Group, I trust that it should not have any problem for me to do transaction on this platform, so I make my order and use the discount code given, maybe is not my luck and at that point of time, their mother company system is down (Hong Leong Bank online) after tried several times, still no luck to transact it, but the system is so smart to reserve all the fail transaction stock quantity until the website show out of stock for certain product which I like to purchase of. That’s fine, it’s a way of security mechanism to product the buyer orders.

 

After this I tried on another payment method to make payment which is the HLB credit card, again, i have no luck to received the 3D verification code. At the end I had to give up to use my HLB credit card, and try my luck with another bank credit card, yes, it was success. All this happened on 12 Jun 2016 at the night time, that’s no any support or customer service at this point of time for you to get in touch of. This is a very bad experiences as a buyer, we really hope that we can get immediate response or maybe few hours delay email reply whenever we need help, but as a e-commerce platform, that’s no any support which able to get at this point of time.

 

Everything was done and I expected to get my order update maybe 1-3 working days and shall be receiving my product after 3-5 working days. Unfortunately, I never get any update from them after 8 working days or 10 calendar days. That’s no any update not even the tracking code has been provide and after 2 working days of my order, i email to their lovely customer support, and I get the reply where they

“Please be informed that your order is still being processed by the merchant as the standard delivery is within 3-5 business days as stated on our product page. You will receive an email from GEMFIVE provided with tracking number once your order is shipped.

If you need further assistance, you may send us an email at [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.”

 

Than I wait another 3 days where i emailed the CS again to check the order update, the following reply given.

“We would like to inform you that your items has been packed by the merchant and it’s ready for delivery via Kangaroo Worldwide Express. You will receive an email from GEMFIVE provided with tracking number once your order is shipped.

If you need further assistance, you may send us an email at [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.

For additional information, please check out our help centre found at the bottom of www.gemfive.com main page.”

 

On 18 Jun (which is about 6 days after) I sent another email to the cs and get the reply

“Please be informed that your order is still being processed by the merchant as the standard delivery is within 8-10 business days as stated on our product page. You will receive an email from GEMFIVE provided with tracking number once your order is shipped.

If you need further assistance, you may send us an email at [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.”

 

Their policy change from 3-5 days to 8-10 business day just within few days time, but the system still showing 1 – 6 business day to all major city in Malaysia. I am not sure is their management make the changing because of that merchant or their customer service change the policy by them self without inform their IT to update the website.

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Finally on 20 Jun 2016, the customer service provide me the tracking code from Kangaroo Worldwide Express with the tracking link, even after 2 days the tracking code given, I still not able to track the delivery.

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If as the buyer point of view, I am not  recommending to try your luck in this website, unless a very big discount being provided and you are totally not urgent to get your perchance product, which mean you can wait for 1 month or 2 after you make the payment, than should be fine, or else you can try on any other platform as nowadays there are so many platform available such as   Lelong.com.my, 11street.com.my, lazada, Qoo10, Shopee and so on, no point for you to keep waiting and waiting and dealing with such kind of people.
As I’m one of their merchant as well, i do hope that GemFive can increase their reputation in the market and also improve the user satisfaction so that they can create the win-win situation for all party.

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GoDaddy, one of the world’s best known web hosts and the world’s largest domain registrar is experiencing serious downtime.

Hundreds of thousands of websites are thought to have been knocked offline as a result as its DNS and hosting services experience major technical problems.

 

The problems were first reported on May 29th, with GoDaddy subsequently issuing a fix. More problems were then reported on June 1st and again on June 2nd.

 

Today (June 3rd) more problems have been reported with users taking to Twitter to say that sites around the world, including Thailand have been affected.

 

The GoDaddy website, although online was also experiencing problems with only the homepage accessible.

 

GoDaddy is said to manage more than 5 million hosting accounts, although it is not immediately clear how many accounts have been affected by the most recent outage.

 

In a Tweet posted on Friday morning, GoDaddy admitted that it was experiencing problems in the Asia-Pacific region.