WhatsApp is now blocked by the Great Firewall of China

WhatsApp is one of the last Facebook-related products that are now blocked in China. According to The New York Times, WhatsApp faced service disruption in China last Wednesday, and the Great Firewall entered into full force yesterday.   Cybersecurity experts that were approached by The New York Times said that their government…

Microsoft Office 2019 will be coming in 2018

Microsoft has confirmed that the next perpetual version of Office – that is, the pay-once-and-use-forever version – called Office 2019 will be released in the second half of 2018. Office 2019 includes perpetual versions of the Office apps, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as server versions…

Microsoft and Facebook’s new subsea cable can transmit data at speeds of 160Tbps

Microsoft has announced the completion of the Marea subsea cable, a joint project with Facebook and global telecommunications infrastructure company Telxius, that took two years to install. Suresh Kumar, Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for cloud infrastructure and operations, said that the subsea cable was the most technologically advanced to cross the…

Alibaba to launch online payment platform AliPay in Canada

Alibaba Group has announced that the online payment platform AliPay will officially launch in Canada through a partnership with Snap Pay.   Due to this announcement, Canadian retailers will start accepting Chinese currency from Chinese shoppers this week. More than 450 Canadian merchants are said to already accept AliPay in an unofficial capacity.…

Grab taps HERE Technologies’ 3D maps for better accuracy

If you’re a Grab user, then you can expect more accurate fare estimations, ETAs, and trip routing from now on, thanks to its partnership with HERE Technologies, a global map data and locations service provider.   HERE Technologies aim to create the most up-to-date three-dimensional representation of the real world in the virtual…

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in iOS 11’s Control Center do not work as expected

The Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in the Control Center have always allowed users to disable their respective radios since iOS 7. However, this is not the case for iOS 11.   According to security researcher Andrea Barisani and Motherboard, toggling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off in iOS 11’s Control Center will only disconnect…

Malaysian bank to finalize e-KYC standards

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has announced that by October 2017, standards for the electronic Know-Your-Customer (e-KYC) are expected to be finalized.   BNM will be issuing proposed regulatory parameters for the conduct of e-KYC processes for remittance transactions. Thus, the existing requirements for face-to-face verifications for onboarding new customers would be…

Google signs agreement to purchase HTC’s Pixel team for US$1.1 billion

It looks like the rumors were indeed true: Google has signed an agreement with HTC to acquire a part of the Taiwanese company’s mobile division – specifically the team behind the Google Pixel and Pixel XL – for a tidy sum of US$1.1 billion (~RM4.62 billion).   HTC yesterday halted trading of…

Alipay rolls out in 242 Starbucks across Malaysia

Alipay has announced is now available for Mainland Chinese tourists at all 242 Starbucks branches across Malaysia.   Chinese tourists can find a nearest Starbucks through the in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their drinks in RMB via Alipay.   Starting from August 18 to October 31, a Chinese tourist using…

Bitcoin platform Luno expands to new markets across Europe

Luno, a popular Bitcoin platform, has announced its expansion to 35 new markets across Europe.   Moreover, the platform also received USD 9 million in a Series B funding round, led by London-based Balderton Capital. New investors AlphaCode and existing investors Digital Currency Group also participated in the round. This…