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…

Tencent’s WeChat Pay plans to offer payment services in Malaysia

Tencent has applied for a license in Malaysia to offer local payment services via its WeChat Pay, reports Reuters.   If approved, users in Malaysia will be able to link their local bank accounts to WeChat Pay and pay for goods and services in ringgit.   WeChat Pay and Alibaba Group’s affiliate…

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…

This Nokia 3310 has a golden double profile of Putin and Trump

If you can look past the nostalgic feel-good vibes of the new Nokia 3310, you would realize that the phone itself really isn’t anything to rave about.   But no matter, as Caviar, a Russian-Italian luxury smartphone customizer, decided to take matters into their own hands by sprucing up the…

Google Maps now lets you flag wheelchair-friendly places

Google Maps now lets you flag places to be wheelchair-friendly. Previously, you had to rely on “Local Guides” – other users – to tell you about places. Now flags can be left permanently to tell others who visit later. According to Google, nearly seven million places now have accessibility information…

ACI, Planet Payment to streamline online payments

Planet Payment and ACI Worldwide has announced the launch of SecurePlus that enable the acceptance of Union Pay cards online. UnionPay is a bank card association, with over 6.5 billion cards issued worldwide, having over 38 billion transactions on cards in 2016. SecurePlus allows the acceptance of both credit and debit cards without a re-direct…

Kaspersky will do anything to prove it’s not on anyone’s side

The U.S. government has its suspicions about Kaspersky having shady affiliations with the Russian government, and threatens to ban the anti-virus software in its draft defense bill. Founder Eugene Kaspersky has rebutted American government claims by saying it has never helped any government in the world for the purpose of…

Burger King to accept Bitcoin in Russia

Russian Burger King restaurants have announced that they are due to start accepting Bitcoin as a payment method.   A Moscow branch of the burger chain has started piloting Bitcoin payments, with officials now confirming a nationwide rollout. Burger King has also begun the hunt for an IT professional able…