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Poorest regions of China see faster eCommerce adoption

Ecommerce market in China is growing faster in western and central provinces than in the richer coastal regions, according to a recent report from Alibaba Group. The biggest rises in online retail sales during the first 11 months of 2017 were posted by Gansu province, Guizhou province and Tibet autonomous region, some of the poorest regions…

Alibaba considers Hong Kong listing, says founder Ma

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has said that the company will “seriously consider” listing in Hong Kong, as the financial hub prepares to allow dual-class share listings. Reuters reports that Jack Ma made the comments at an event in Hong Kong, in response to remarks made by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam about how she hoped…

Google merges payment platforms under Google Pay

Google is revamping its mobile payment offerings and creating a new brand called Google Pay. The new product merges Google’s existing mobile payment platforms. That includes Android Pay, which lets customers pay for things online and in stores with their Android phones, and Google Wallet, which lets you send money to your friends. The new…

Apple will now replace out-of-warranty iPhone batteries for US$29

Apple apologized today for its handling of a battery issue affecting older iPhones, and offered to replace aging batteries for just US$29 (~RM117), dramatically less than the US$79 fee it would typically charge. The replacement service will be available worldwide, starting in January and continuing until December 2018. Apple will also be including a new feature in the next iOS update…

Snapchat to let users publish Stories outside the app

In an effort to regain its popularity, Snapchat is reportedly developing a feature that will let users share stories outside its app, called Stories Everywhere. It’s no secret that Snapchat’s relevance has been dwindling, Instagram is currently dominating the ‘stories’ game in addition to experiencing lower share prices during Q3. Since then, Snapchat has worked hard to get…

Hackers are hijacking Sonos and Bose speakers to play scary sounds

It has been discovered that several Sonos and Bose speakers possess vulnerabilities that allow them to be hijacked. When hackers do take over the speakers, they play Alexa commands, creepy noises and Rick Astley tunes. Fortunately for Sonos and Bose, only a fraction of their speakers including the Sonos PLAY:1, Sonos One and…

You can now learn Chinese on iOS via an AI-powered app developed by Microsoft

If you have the interest in picking up Chinese and own an iOS device you might want to look up the Microsoft Learn Chinese app, which is AI-powered. The app basically lets users hone their Chinese language skills without having to practice with another person, and as well all know,…

Amazon opens Prime service to Singapore

Amazon.com has launched Prime service in Singapore to offer customers access to fast shipping, streaming and gaming. In July 2017, the ecommerce tech company launched a free two-hour delivery service in Singapore, the first entry in open competition with Alibaba Group. In a fragmented region of 600 million people like Southeast…

Shazam has been acquired by Apple

Apple recently confirmed that it had acquired music-identifying app Shazam. In a statement, Apple said that Shazam and Apple Music are naturally compatible, and there are fascinating plans in store. Apple did not reveal the acquisition amount, although TechCrunch reports that the agreement was in the range of USD 400 million (~RM1.63 billion). Snapchat and…

Grab And Transfer to Partner Up To Deliver Real-Time Digital Payments Across South-East Asia

TransferTo, a global Cross-Border Mobile Payments Network, has been chosen by Grab, the mobile ride-hailing and payments platform in South-East Asia, to enable real-time earnings payouts for Grab drivers using their GrabPay account, across Grab’s operating markets. For the first time, and as a result of this strategic partnership, Grab drivers can instantly collect…