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WhatsApp UPI payments option spotted in beta

WhatsApp will soon facilitate instant money transfer via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transaction system, shows a new beta update by the mobile messaging platform.   According to a blog website WABetaInfo, WhatsApp was finally giving shape to its plans towards bank-to-bank transfer using the UPI system.   In the new version ‘2.17.295’ through the…

Xiaomi introduces a 4K capable Android TV set top box: The Mi Box

The Google I/O conference this year saw the announcement of the Mi Box, the first 4K capable Android TV set top box to be available in the U.S. The announcement comes as Android TV is getting a makeover, with a bevy of new apps.   The Mi Box is certainly not the company’s first foray…

China targets mobile payments oligopoly with clearing mandate

China’s central bank has ordered online payment groups to operate through a centralized clearing house, a move likely to undercut the dominance of Ant Financial and Tencent by forcing them to share valuable transaction data with competitors.   China is the world leader in mobile payments, with transaction volumes rising…

Prepare to bid farewell to Microsoft Paint

If you were a child in the nineties, you probably were on your computer for the sole purpose of getting on Microsoft Paint. Sadly, the iconic graphics tool that defined some of our earliest computer experiences will be omitted from the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The newly-deprecated tool first existed as…

Adobe to finally kill off Flash in 2020

Adobe has finally announced that it will end its support for Flash in 2020. An Adobe spokesperson said, “We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.” Although a handful…

Russia will ban VPNs and proxies from November 1

Russian president Vladmir Putin has just signed a law that bans VPNs, proxies, or any other internet tools that may provide access to websites banned in Russia, or allow people to browse the web anonymously. The law will come into effect starting November 1, according to a Reuters report.   The…

Grab receives US$2 billion investment from Japan’s SoftBank and China-based Didi Chuxing

Grab, ride-sharing service, just received a cool US$2 billion (RM8.57 billion) in investment monies from Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank, and Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing. This amount does not include other Grab investors for its current financing round, which is estimated to be worth an extra US$500 million ~(RM2.14 billion). According to TechCrunch,…

SatoshiPay switches from Bitcoin blockchain to IOTA

SatoshiPay has teamed up with the IOTA Foundation, a non-profit that oversees network development, to explore replacing Bitcoin with IOTA as its settlement network.   Both parties have agreed to work on a proof-of-concept project, to be supported by the IOTA Ecosystem Fund, which would combine SatoshiPay’s content payment interface with IOTA’s…

China to block personal VPNs by February 2018

  China’s government has told telcos to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks (VPNs) by February 1. According to sources to Bloomberg, state-run telcos like China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have been ordered to bar people from using VPNs – tools perceived as a loophole around the…

Coral Blue Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now available in Malaysia

Have you ever woken up one morning, looked out the window, and said “I’m going to go out and buy myself a Samsung Galaxy S8, and I want it in that gorgeous Coral Blue color.”?   If the answer to that question is yes, then you’ll be happy to know…