Quarterly iPad sales see first year-over-year growth since 2013

  Apple just released its quarterly earnings report and it is safe to say that the company has had a stellar second quarter of 2017.   Some key figures: US$45.4 billion in revenue, US$8.7 billion in profit, 41 million iPhones sold, and 4.29 million Macs sold.   However, one of…

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,…

Starling Bank introduces Apple Pay

The UK-based mobile-only Starling Bank has announced the integration of Apple Pay for its customers.   The bank thus becomes the first bank in the UK to offer ‘in-app provisioning’, meaning that new customers will be able to load their card into their digital wallet with a single tap.   When using a credit…

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…

Samsung, PayPal to consolidate mobile and online payments

Samsung has announced a partnership with PayPal to allow Samsung Pay users to make in-app, online and in-store payments with the US payment platform.   The service will be available in the US first and will be expanded to other countries in the near future.   Moreover, Samsung Pay will be accepted as…

Apple adds PayPal as payment option

Apple has announced that it will enable PayPal payments in its digital stores, including iTunes, iBooks, Apple Music and the App Store.   The deal struck on 11 July 2017 will enable Apple customers in US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia and parts of Europe to choose PayPal as a payment option. The US-based…

PayPal introduces cross-border trade service

PayPal has announced the introduction of PayPal Global Sellers, a cross-border trade service for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the US. In collaboration with Webinterpret, the service addresses the commonly cited international growth barriers with a suite of tools, including: website translation, taxes/duties presentment, international shipping and return facilitation, or localized…

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…