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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.


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.


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.


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 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.

GemFive Delivery Policy

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.

Kangaroo worldwide express tracking


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,, 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.



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.

 Screenshot taken from Nick Lee (YouTube)

When Apple said the S1 chipset of the Apple Watch has a miniaturized computer architecture, it is not kidding at all!

Developer Nick Lee detailed on his blog how he hacked his Apple Watch to run Winows 95 in emulation. The process is fairly technical and in a nutshell, Lee said that it is possible to patch certain files within a WatckKit app to load an app code rather than Apple’s.

Screenshot taken from Nick Lee (YouTube)

Screenshot taken from Nick Lee (YouTube)

Lee also stated that it took an hour for the Apple Watch running Windows 95 to boot into a usable state. There is nothing you can do on the Apple Watch, but this demonstration only shows that the Apple Watch is as powerful or even more powerful than the desktop we had in the 1990s.


Opera has just announced that the latest developer version of its browser will feature an integrated VPN client that’s completely free and unlimited to use.

Opera said that the decision behind this move was to improve the security of its users. By using the VPN, users can shield their browsing habits and data from snoopers when using public Wi-Fi. Using a VPN will also mask users’ IP address and allow users to bypass website restrictions, such as accessing content that they are normally unable to from their office or country.

To enable this feature, simply go to the “Settings” on Windows or “Preferences” on Mac, and turn on VPN in the “Privacy & security” tab.

Take note though, this new VPN feature is available only in latest developer version of Opera. That said, Opera plans to offer it on the public release version of their browser app in the near future.

To download the latest developer version of Opera, click here.

Wechat Pay

Tencent’s WeChat Wallet service is now available to users in Hong Kong — just as Apple is working to release its mobile payment system in the city later this year.

Hong Kong users who are part of the pilot programme will be able to link their Hong Kong credit cards to the service and purchase items using the WeChat app including movie and flight tickets.

A source close to the company said it may take “several months” before the payment service is rolled out to all WeChat users in the city. However, local users of WeChat Wallet now lack full access to all the features enjoyed in mainland China. For example, Hong Kongers are not able to transfer money to friends within the app or make in-store payments by having the cashier scan a QR code on their smartphone in a convenience store. Also missing is the Red Packet function, which allows WeChat users in China to send an amount of money to a group chat that is either identically or randomly split among other users who open the virtual red packet.

A Tencent spokesperson declined to comment on whether these features will eventually be made available to users in Hong Kong.

WeChat has already rolled out its WeChat Wallet service in South Africa, its first international market, where users can send money to each other and pay for purchases on their mobile device at over 24.000 merchants in the country. The company also rolled out cross-border payments for WeChat users in China, which allows them to pay for purchases made overseas using WeChat Wallet.


It’s hard to believe that Didi Kuaidi, a company with more than 250 million users and a value upwards of $16 billion, is such a new company.

This time last year, in fact, it didn’t exist at all. At that point, there were still two competing apps and services, Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache. The fight was fierce – and in February of 2015, the two decided that if you can’t beat ’em, merge with ’em. The merger is helping Didi battle Uber as the US-based startup expands across China.

We’ve put together an infographic to help it all make sense.